Rifleman JOHN WILLIAM WOODWARD

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Rank Rifleman
Forenames JOHN WILLIAM
Surname WOODWARD
Initials J W
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Wednesday, 30 August 1944
Age 29
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown
Service Number 6898253
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment King's Royal Rifle Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 2 Battalion
Military Honours and Awards Unknown
Place of Burial/Commemoration FLEURY-LA-FORÊT ISOLATED GRAVE
Roll of honour
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph NO EPITAPH
Family Details SON OF ALBERT J. AND MARY A WOODWARD. HIS BROTHER SERGEANT HERBERT WILLIAM WOODWARD ALSO FELL. (see http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/milcombe.html for additional information)

Additional Information

John William Woodward is buried in Fleury-la-Foret Churchyard, Eure, Normandy. Unusually, he still has his original metal cross grave marker, and not a Portland stone headstone. This is the only original cross grave marker still being used as a grave marker in Normandy. As of October 2012 his Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records are found under ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Where there is an alternative commemoration in the form of a special memorial found in Block S, near Plot IV. He (and his brother) are also commemorated on a plaque in the porch of the Church of St Laurence, Milcombe, United Kingdom (see: http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/milcombe.html for further details).

 

 

 

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Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
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What other people have said

Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, UK

David Butcher

Ever in the thoughts of his mother Hester, his father William and his sister Joan. At peace in the village he helped to liberate.

On Friday, July 17, 2015