Gnr Wooldridge Wallace Ernest

  • Date of birth: 14/02/1890
  • Place of birth: Lye, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
  • Date of death: 09/01/1918
  • Place of death: Ploegsteert Bos (Ploegsteert Wood), Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 27
  • Profession: Woodturner
  • Religion: Unknown
  • Country: England, United Kingdom
  • Rank: Gunner
  • Service number: 238726
  • Enlistment date: Unknown
  • Enlistment place: Hilsea, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Last known unit: Royal Field Artillery, "C" Bty.
  • Force: British Expeditionary Force


Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal Medal
Victory Medal Medal

Additional information

Wallace Ernest Wooldridge was a 27-year-old wood turner from Bromley, London. Married to He enlisted as Gunner in the 83th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, part of the 18th Divisional Artillery. Gunner Wooldridge joined “C” Battery.

In January 1918 the Brigade was stationd in Ploegsteert forest, with headquarters near Essex Farm. “A”, “B”, “C” Battery were stationed to the east of the headquarter in a line running from southeast to northwest. “D” Battery was located to the north of Essex Farm. The supply lines to the guns ran from Krombeke and ran past the village of Elverdinge.

At the end of January 1918 the war diary reports that two men were killed and 18 were wounded that month. Gunner Wallace Ernest Wooldridge was one of these men. According to a letter from an officere to his wife, he was hit in the back by a piece of shell. He died on January 9th, 1918, leaving a wife and two children and is burried at Canada Farm Cemetery near Elverdinge, plot 3, row H, grave 45.

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