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Walter Woodward was born in 1898. He was the son of William and Margret Woodward of 42 Webb Street, Liverpool.


Walter enlisted in the Army Reserve at the Technical College in Liverpool on 20th December 1916. He was 18 years 10 months old, and had been working as a capstan fitter. Walter was unmarried, and lived with his parents.

Walter was called up for service immediately on joining the Reserve, he was posted into Seaforth Barracks as part of 68th Training Reserve Battalion. His service number at this time was 20857.

On 20th April 1917, Walter embarked from Folkstone, bound for Boulogne. Upon his arrival in France he was transferred to the 7th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given a new service number 27780.

On 31st July 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele, Walter was reported as being missing in action. He was later to be presumed as dead for official purposes.

Private Walter Woodward is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

Rank: Private
Service No: 27780
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.

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One Response to 27780 PTE. W. WOODWARD. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Brian G Woodward says:

    Walter was my great uncle and I can confirm all the details above as correct. Wal’s brother Corporal Reginald Woodward of the 1st battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment was also killed in action aged 22 near Guillemont, the Somme in 1916.

    Their mother Margaret wrote this poignant memorial in the Liverpool post to her boys at the end of the war in 1918:

    In sad, but loving remembrance of our dear sons. Corporal Reginald Woodward (our Reg), also Private Walter (our Wal)killed in action July 27th 1916 and July 31st 1917. The dearly loved sons of Mr & Mrs Woodward (Deeply mourned and sadly missed by all at home 42 Webb street. Gone from our home, but never from our hearts. Till we meet again).

    Grieve not for us dear parents
    nor wish us back again;
    but think how sweet it is for us
    to suffer no more pain.

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