Private 651 Isaac Woodhall

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 8th October 1916, age 36.
Buried in Grave K. 4. at Berles-Au-Bois Churchyard Extension, Pas De Calais, France.

1st/5th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 137th Brigade of 46th Division.

Son of Mrs C. Woodhall, of 8, Churchyard Row, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: West Bromwich, Enlisted: Walsall, Resident: West Bromwich.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/557538/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Isaac Woodhall registered March quarter 1880 in West Bromwich.

1901 Census
33 Reform Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Hannah Woodhall (46, Widow, born West Bromwich), and her 2 sons: Thomas (23, Timekeeper at Factory), and Isaac (21, Brass Bowl Turner, born West Bromwich).

Marriage of Isaac Woodhall and Charlotte Wooley registered December quarter 1902 in West Bromwich.

1911 Census
1 Mayers Green, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Isaac Woodhall (31, Iron Turner, born West Bromwich), his wife Charlotte (27, born West Bromwich), and their 3 surviving children of 4: Ernest (7, born West Bromwich), Doris (3, born West Bromwich), and Ellen (1, born West Bromwich).

Personal Data

Isaac’s surname is spelt as Woodhall in every place except on the Tipton Library Memorial; we can safely assume the Memorial is in error (with its spelling as Woodall).

Isaac's widow Charlotte received his outstanding army pay and allowances of £0/14/4d (14 shillings and 4 pence) in February 1917. She also received his War Gratuity of £5/10/0d (5 pounds and 10 shillings) in October 1919; by that time she was Charlotte Thompson, having married John Thompson in September quarter 1919.

Action resulting in his death

After their action during the First Day of the Somme - 1st July 1916, the 1/5th South Staffs remained in the Gommecourt area until March 1917. Their periods in the front line were mainly without incident apart from the occasional trench raid. Isaac was killed in action on 8th October, one further man was killed in action on that day, and a further man died of wounds on the next day. It is possible that this was a trench raid, or just the result of a German artillery round which found its mark.

Isaac is buried in Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension; this area was often used by the troops when out of the line, and a town 'adopted' by Wolverhampton after the war.

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