Our People - Levi Woods
20325 Lance Corporal Levi Woods
5th (Service) Battalion, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry - 42nd Brigade, 14th (Light) Division
Formerly R/7977, King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died 24 October 1917, aged 31
Levi Woods' Body was not recovered for burial. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Ref. Panels 96 to 98
Bamber Bridge - St.Aidans C.E. WW1 and WW2 Board
Higher Walton - All Saints Cross
Higher Walton - All Saints Roll of Honour
Lostock Hall - South Ribble Civic WW1 Memorial
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Levi Woods was born at Preston c.1886 to parents Alfred Woods, a taper at a cotton mill, born at Cuerden c. 1859 and Mary Jane Woods born at Longridge c. 1862. Alfred and Mary had six more children, Alice born at Preston c. 1880, Elizabeth born at Preston c. 1881, Fred born at Walton-le-Dale c. 1889, Lily born at Bamber Bridge c.1893, Harry born at Bamber Bridge c. 1895 and Louie born at Bamber Bridge c. 1897. Levi, Alice and Elizabeth were all Cotton Weavers.
The family lived at 6 Black Lane (now Brownedge Road) in 1891 with Mary Jane's widower father, Evan Reed a goods railway guard. The main railway to Preston cut across Black Lane at this time. By 1901, the family had moved to 33 St.Mary's Road, Bamber Bridge. Levi had moved away from his parents home by 1911, taking up boardings with the his brother-in-law (and the publican) John Smith and his wife, Levi's sister Alice at the Hob Inn in Bamber Bridge. Interestingly, his mother Mary Jane and his sister Lily and brother Harry are listed as visitors. His occupation is still listed as cotton weaver.
Levi married Fanny Clarke of Higher Walton in the third quarter of 1911 at All Saints church, Higher Walton. This makes him the brother-in-law of James Coleman Clarke 45 Bn Australian Imperial Forces and George Clarke of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
When Levi initially enlisted, he joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps and at some later date he transferred to first the 6th then the 5th Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamsire Light Infantry. At the time of his death 24 October 1917, his battalion were involved in operations around Passchendaele. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His widow, Fanny received £6. 9. 11. on his death plus a gratuity of £13. 10. 0.
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Edited 29 December 2016
1891 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / 1901 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / 1911 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 / UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 / England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915 / Lancashire BMD