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John Lawrence William WOODHOUSE

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Forename(s): John Lawrence William

Place of Birth: Tebay, Westmorland

Service No: 9732

Rank: L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 89th Coy

Division: 30th Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1916-07-30

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

John Lawrence William Woodhouse was the son of Lawrence and Margaret Woodhouse, née Swainbank. Lawrence was born at Ravenstonedale, Westmorland and Margaret at Dent, Yorkshire.

1901 Tebay, Westmorland Census: Chapel Terrace - John L. Woodhouse, aged 6 years, born Tebay, son of Margaret Woodhouse, widow.

1911 Newbiggin-on-Lune, Westmorland Census: Beck Stones - John L.W. Woodhouse, aged 16 years, born Tebay Westmorland [John was employed by Ann Slinger, Farmer].

John was married to Margaret Saul in 1914. Margaret was the cousin of Private James Saul (31286] (q.v.).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Lawrence William Woodhouse, 21076, R. Lanc. R.; 9732, M.G.C.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Lawrence William Woodhouse, 21076, R. Lanc. R.; 9732, M.G.C. K. in A. 30.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl John Lawrence William Woodhouse, 9732, 89th Co. M.G.C. Date and Place of Death: 30.7.16 France or Belgium. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Margaret. £ 5 2s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Margaret, born 2.1.96. Address: Throstle Hall, Dent, Yorkshire.

Short biographies of John are included in:
‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).
‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

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:

WOODHOUSE, Lance Corporal John E., [Dent], aged 21, K.O.R.L.R., killed in action July 30, 1916.


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L/Corporal John Lawrence William WOODHOUSE

L/Corporal John Lawrence William WOODHOUSE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 30th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 30th Division

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Forename(s): John Laurence William

Born: Tebay, Westmorland

Residence: Ingleton

Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 9732

Rank: L/Cpl

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps

Battalion: (Infantry)


Died Date: 30/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 21076, R. Lancs Regt.

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Forename(s): John Laurence William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 9732

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Unit: 89th Coy.



Died Date: 30/07/1916

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'Westmorland Mercury & Times' (25 August 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


Mrs. Woodhouse, Throstle Hall, Dent, has received a letter from France stating that her husband, Lance-Corporal John Lawrence Woodhouse, Royal Lancaster Regiment, was killed in action on July 30th. Lieut. Nicholls writes: “I was with him at the time, and he was killed instantly and died without pain. Being his section officer, I should like to tell you that I considered him my most valued non-commissioned officer. He has a fine soldierly spirit, and was a very hard worker, and there is no one whose loss I regret more.” Lance-Corporal Woodhouse was 21 years of age, and was a son of the late Mr. Lawrence Woodhouse, goods guard, Tebay. Previous to the war he was engaged as a fireman on the Ingleton branch line passenger trains.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (28 July 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

WOODHOUSE – In loving memory of Lce.-Cpl. J.L. Woodhouse, K.O.R.L., who fell in action July 30th 1916.

Those miss him most who loved best.

Ever remembered.

From father, mother sisters and brother, Tebay.

WOODHOUSE – In loving remembrance of Lce.-Corpl. J.L.W. Woodhouse, who fell in action in France, July 30th, 1916, aged 21 years.

One less at home, one more in heaven.

Ever remembered by his grandma and aunties at Dent.


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11 February 1916

INGLETON – War Items

During the week the following have attested at Settle:– Messrs. F. Freeman, W. Dent, C. Stewart, and C. Heald.– Captain Gordon Mackenzie, who was recently mentioned in despatches, and Pte. J. Wadeson, have been home from the front, on furlough.– Pte. J.A. Preston is in hospital in Suffolk suffering from muscular rheumatism and trench fever.– Ptes. W. Brown and P. Howson have been home for their final leave before being sent to the Front, and Sergt. R. I.[E.] Walker, Pte. J. Preston, and Pte. J. Woodhouse have been at Ingleton on leave.– Pte. W. Dixon is at home on sick leave, and Pte. S. Slinger is now at home, having completed his term of service.

11 August 1916

WOODHOUSE – July 30th killed in action in France. Lance-Corporal John E. Woodhouse, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, of Throstle Hall, Dent.

11 August 1916


News arrived in Dent on Sunday that Lance Corporal John L. Woodhouse, 10th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, was killed in action on July 30th. Mrs. Woodhouse, of Throstle Hall, Dent (formerly of Ingleton), received the following letter from his Commanding Officer:–

France, July 31st 1916

“Dear Mrs. Woodhouse,

“It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that your husband, Lance-Cpl. Woodhouse, was killed in action yesterday morning. I was with him at the time and he was killed instantly, and died without pain. Being his section officer I should like to tell you that I considered him my most valued non-commissioned officer. He had a fine soldierly spirit and was a very hard worker and there is no one I regret more the loss of. Believe me you have my deepest sympathy – not only of myself but of the whole company. His comrades also wish me to express to you their deepest sympathy. If there is any further information that I can give you, please let me know and I will do all in my power to help you.

“Yours very sincerely, “A. D. NICHOLS, 2nd Lieutenant, 89 M.G.C.”

He was the only son of a widowed mother and 21 years of age.

22 February 1918


A memorial service for Ingleton men who have fallen in the war was held in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday evening. There was a large congregation, and the service was of an impressive character. The Union Jack was hoisted half-mast on the tower during the day. At the commencement of the service the organist, Mr. C. Bentham, played ‘O rest in the Lord’, and at the conclusion the Dead March in ‘Saul’, 'How bright these glorious spirits shine’, and other hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung, as was also the National Anthem. Standing on the Chancel steps, Bugler J. Robinson sounded the ‘Last Post’, and its solemn and eerie notes reverberated along the aisles.

Before commencing his address, the vicar, the Rev. D. T. Davies, read out the list of those who had fallen, as follows:–

Killed in action: Second-Lieutenant G. Kirk, Sergeant J. Metcalfe, Privates A. Noble, G. Scholey, C. Tomlinson, J. Smith, W. A. Hodgson, J. W. Wadeson, J. W. Robinson, J. Clapham, W. Smith, J. Schofield, J. Kettlewell, W. Marklew, E. Askew, P. Fletcher, G. Metcalfe, A. M. Booth, J. Woodhouse, W. Bolton, and J. [W.H.W.] Wilson.

Died in hospital: Privates W. H. Wignall and C. Newsholme.

Torpedoed: C. Grant.

Missing; Sergeant R. E. Walker, Privates A. Sherwin, W. Northey, E. Robinson, J. Saul, and W. [J.C.] Bradford.

The Vicar, speaking from the words, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’, said that the occasion brought them face in face with a question that was momentous to everyone, and the list which he had just read made them pause and ask the question, “Is the cause for which we are fighting of such a nature that these sacrifices are necessary?” They must remind themselves of the causes which led to the war. Our honour was pledged to protect a small country from an oppressing wrong, and we were compelled to stand by them. They were standing to protect a weak country from a fearful wrong committed by one of the strongest nations in the world – from a military point of view the strongest – a nation that was steadily prospering year after year and which had been training its manhood to satisfy its mad ambition for power. It was becoming clear, especially during the last few weeks, that the dominant note running through their proposals had been their determination that might should conquer over right, and that they would rule as masters over the whole world. When they analysed the causes they saw that the principles of justice and righteousness were struggling against oppression and wrong-doing. They had seen an attempt to impose injustice on the whole world, to impose the doctrine that might is right and mercy unknown by the will of one man, and to sweep away religion, man’s guidance, in a moment.

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22 February 1918


MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday last a memorial service for the Ingleton soldiers who have fallen during the war was held in St. Mary’s Church. The flag on the tower was hoisted at half-mast. There was a very large congregation, and prior to the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played a solemn voluntary. The vicar (Rev. T. D. Davies) conducted the service, special prayers, psalms, and hymns being read and sung. The Vicar delivered a powerful sermon, taking as his text St. John, ch. 13 v., 13, “Greater love hath no man,” and prior to this read the following name of the Ingleton men killed and missing , some of whom have been presumed dead. The ‘Dead March’ was played at the close of the service, and the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ by Bugler J. Robinson concluded a solemn and impressive service. The following were the names read out by the vicar:–

Men killed: 2nd-Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble, Pte. G. Scholey, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, Pte. Cyril Tomlinson, Pte. James [Jabez] Smith, Pte. Wm. A. Hodgson, Pte. John W. Wadeson, Pte. John W. Robinson, Pte. Joe Clapham, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Jas. Schofield, Pte. Jas. Kettlewell, Pte. W. Marklew, Pte. E Askew, Pte. Percy Fletcher, Pte. Geo. Metcalfe, Pte. A. M. Booth, Pte. J. Woodhouse, Pte. W. Bolton, Pte. J. [W.H.W.] Wilson; died in hospital: Pte. Chris. Newsholme, Pte. Henry Wignall; missing: Sergt Robert E. Walker, Pte. Alfred Sherwin. Pte. Wm. Northy, Pte. Jas. Saul, Pte. Ed. Robinson. Pte. W. [J.C.] Bradford; torpedoed: Charles Grant.

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    One Response to John Lawrence William WOODHOUSE

    1. Gillian Meredith November 10, 2018 at 10:49 pm #

      John Lawrence was my great uncle who until fairly recently I did not even know existed. I am so proud that I know about him and am doubly proud of the sacrifice he made, and include him in my prayers every night. My father was named John Lawrence and now I know who he was named for and I am proud to be one of my great uncle’s family.

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