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James Cleave Todd WOOLER

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Surname: WOOLER

Forename(s): James Cleave Todd

Place of Birth: Oxenhope, Yorkshire

Service No: GS/66093

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 37th Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1918-09-14

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 3.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

James Cleave Todd (born Woodhouse Gate, Oxenhope, 18 April 1898) was the son of Sarah Jane Todd (born Settle, Yorkshire, c. 1859, died 1898), the daughter of Ann Todd. James was raised by his Aunt Martha, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Waterhouse, née Todd. Martha married Henry Wooler in 1885 and William Whitehead in 1909.

1901 Giggleswick, Yorkshire Census: Church Street - James C. Todd, aged 2 years, born Keighley, Yorkshire. [James is described as a visitor of Martha Wooler, widow.]

1911 Long Preston, Yorkshire Census: Town End, Main Street - James Wooler, aged 12 years, born Keighley, Yorkshire, nephew of William and Martha Whitehead.

In 1917, Mabel Wooler, who was related to James, married Private William Metcalfe (266969) (q.v.).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James C.T. Wooler, 30605, Norf. R.; GS/66093, R. Fus.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Cleave Todd Wooler, 30605, Norf. R. 20.5.17 to 14.6.17.; G/66093, 10/R. Fus. 15.6.17 to 14.9.18. Theatres of war in which served: 1(a) [France & Belgium]. K/A 14.9.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Cleave Todd Wooler, 66093, 10 R. Fus. Date and Place of Death: 14.9.18. K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Foster Mother - Martha. £9 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for James. Dependant: Mrs. Martha Whitehead, Main Street, Long Preston, Yorks. Relationship: Mother ? [sic].

James was accepted as a war casualty by the CWGC in 2010.

See also: 'Long Preston and the Great War' by Long Preston Heritage Group (2015).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

WOOLER, James, 10th Royal Fusiliers, son of Mrs. Whitehead, Long Preston, killed in action, France, September 1918.


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Private James Cleave Todd WOOLER

Private James Cleave Todd WOOLER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 37th Division

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Surname: Not identified in SDGW.










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Surname: WOOLER

Forename(s): James C. T.

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: GS/66093

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Unit: 10th Bn.



Died Date: 14/09/1918

Additional Information:



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

07 February 1919

WOOLER – Private James Wooler, aged 20 years, 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, missing 14th September, 1918, at Trescault. Now reported killed on that date. Dearly loved and only son of Mrs. Whitehead, Long Preston.

07 February 1919

LONG PRESTON – Missing: Now Known to be Dead

Private James Wooley, of 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, was supposed to have fallen into the enemy’s hands on 14th September at Trescault. In answer to an advertisement inserted in ‘The Daily Mail’ 16th January, by his mother, Mrs. Whitehead, of Long Preston, Private Ayling, of the same regiment, who knew Wooler well, has written to say that he saw him fall dead with a bullet wound, and he (Ayling) was taken prisoner. Private Wooler joined on January 6th 1917, going to France the following May. He had served his apprenticeship to bootmaking with Mr Willan, of Skipton. The pal, who has cleared up the distressing suspense, was working a Lewis gun with him when the unfortunate man was struck down. We will give a photograph next week.

14 February 1919


We reproduce a photograph of the late Pte. James Wooler, of the 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, who, as reported last week, was killed in action on the Western Front last September. He was previously reported to have been taken prisoner, but all doubt of his fate has been removed by a member of the same regiment who has written to Pte. Wooler’s mother at Long Preston to say he saw him fall dead from a bullet wound. We extend sincere condolence to the bereaved.


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