Edward Henry Woodley

Rank Quartermaster Sergeant
Service No G/656
Date of Death 11/05/1917
Age 38
Regiment/Service Royal Fusiliers 4th Bn.
Cemetery Etaples Military Cemetery

Edward Henry Woodley was born in Camberwell in October 1878. His parents were George Woodley, a carver and gilder, and Annie Woodley. Edward had five siblings; Annie (b.1875), George (b.1877), Elizabeth (b.1881), Sophia (b.1884) and Arthur (b.1889). Sophia married Robert Parker at All Saints, North Peckham on 9th September 1909. Annie, Edward’s mother, was widowed and then remarried to a man by the surname of Baggs. She was then widowed again. In 1911 Edward, now an insurance agent, lived with his widowed mother and his sister Elizabeth, now married with three children.

Edward enlisted with the Royal Fusilliers in May 1898, aged 19 and working as a porter. He had previously served with the 16th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers. He is described as 5’5” tall, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He is described as Wesleyan, and probably attended what is now Finchley Methodist Church.

He served intermittently from 1898 to 1903, whilst also being educated at Duke of York’s Military School and Hibernian Military School, qualifying as Sergeant in 1902. While serving in Cairo 1901-1902, he was admitted to hospital for dysentery twice, and also for secondary syphilis. He was admitted for syphilis again in 1905 aboard the Troop Ship Prospect.