Woods, William (No. 39040)

Woods, William


No. 39040, 2nd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Died of disease on Thursday 4 July 1918 (aged 24)


Terlincthun British Cemetery, France (Grave I. D. 22)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Kircubbin Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Kircubbin Presbyterian Graveyard


William Woods was born on 11 April 1894 in the townland of Blackabbey, Greyabbey and he was the second son of William John and Esther (Essie) Woods (nee McFadden) who were married on 28 April 1891 in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church.  William John Woods from Blackabbey, Greyabbey was a son of William Woods, a farmer.  Essie McFadden from Granshaw, Innishargie was a daughter of Hugh McFadden, a farmer.

The Woods family lived in the townland of Blackabbey, Greyabbey.

William John Woods was a farmer and he and Essie had at least five children:

Mary Jane (born 2 February 1892 in Blackabbey)

Hugh McFadden (born 11 March 1893 in Blackabbey)

William (born 11 April 1894 in Blackabbey)

James (born 14 January 1898 in Blackabbey)

Elizabeth Eileen (born 6 August 1905 in Blackabbey)

William Woods enlisted in Bradford, Yorkshire, he served with the 2nd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and he was 24 when he died of pneumonia on 4 July 1918 in the Third Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne in France.  He was buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery and his parents placed a For King and Country notice in the 13 July 1918 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.

Private William Woods is commemorated on the War Memorial Plaque in Kircubbin Presbyterian Church and on the family grave headstone in the adjoining Graveyard.

His mother, Essie Woods, died on 2 February 1940 (aged 74) and his father, William John Woods, died the following day (aged 76).