Woods, James

Woods, James

Major

Indian Medical Service attached 2/29th Garhwal Rifles

Died on Sunday 9 May 1915 (aged 38)

Buried:

St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, France (Grave I. A. 2)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

James Woods was born on 22 February 1877 at 3 Glenravel Streeet, Belfast and he was the youngest son of William and Isabella Woods (nee McMullan) who were married on 8 March 1866 in Belfast.

William Woods was a wholesale druggist and merchant and his firm, William Woods & Company, was in Waring Street, Belfast.

The Woods family lived in Belfast, at 22 Canning Street; at 74 Denmark Street; at 3 Glenravel Street; in Antrim Road; in Brookvale Avenue and at 4 Churchill Terrace, Holywood.

William and Isabella Woods (nee McMullan) had at least five children:

Mary (born 7 April 1867 at 22 Canning Street, Belfast)

William James (born 2 October 1868 at 74 Denmark Street, Belfast)

Thomas McMullan (born around 1869/1870)

Annie (born around 1872/1873)

James (born 22 February 1877 at 3 Glenravel Streeet, Belfast)

James Woods was educated in Holywood and he took his medical degree at Edinburgh University.  He spent ten years in India and went to Europe with the Expeditionary Force.  He was invalided to London in March 1915 and, after he recovered, he returned to the Front where he died of wounds on 9 May 1915.  He was serving with the Indian Medical Service attached 2/29th Garhwal Rifles.

Major James Woods’s brother Thomas and his sister Mary lived at 4 Churchill Terrace, Holywood and James’s death was reported in the 21 and 28 May 1915 editions of the County Down Spectator.

Major James Woods was 38 when he died, and he was buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, France.

Major James Woods is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 671).