Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley
Location: St John the Baptist Church, Church Street, South Collingham, Nottinghamshire, NG23 7LN
Details on Cross:
KILLED IN ACTION
CAPT T.H.C. WOOLLEY 2/8 SHERWOOD FORESTERS
Text type: Painted
The cross is a non-standard style with lugs to the end of the upright and cross-piece.
Date of birth: 20 Oct 1888
Family History: Son of Reginald and Nora Woolley, of Lincoln; husband of Violet Joan Woolley, of 22, Redcliffe Square, South Kensington, London.
Date of death: 27 Apr 1917
Age at death: 28
Commonwealth Grave No 337905 – CWGC Website
Military Unit: 2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Military History: ‘B’ Coy, 2/8th Bn. Lieutenant Woolley was one of the first officers appointed to the 2/8th Bn on its formation in Newark in September 1914. He was killed in action near Hargiecourt, France, and buried in the Templeux-le-Guerard British Cemetery, Somme,
Capt. Thomas Hugh C Woolley Retford Times 11 May 1917
Captain Thomas Hugh Corbett Woolley of the “Cottage” South Collingham has been killed in action. The gallant officer, who was the eldest son of Mr R S Wooley of Minster Yard, Lincoln and grandson of the late Mt T Smith-Woolley of Collingham, was 28 years of age and had held a commission in the Sherwood Foresters since September 1914. He was educated at Lancing College, and after training became a member of the firm of Messrs Smith-Woolley and Wigram, estate agents, Collingham of which his father is also a member. He had served in the County Battalion – the 8th Sherwood Forester Territorials – and when war broke out, re-joined the reserve battalion and went through the Irish Rebellion scathless. Early this year he went out to France and fell in the dawn of Friday April 27th in an attack on the German trenches.
On the Lancing college website.
Photos: Rachel Farrand (July 2012), courtesy of Nottingham County Council. weblink