Portion the Hawarden War Memorial that hold’s his name, although with the majority of the names the Christian name is given for most of the soldiers.
Photograph taken by Mavis Williams on the 1st May 2011
I have no clue, as all I have is the Surname and the initial. Any help would be gratefully received.
There is no Flintshire WW1 Index Card for an H.Woodward, neither “Fallen” nor “Living”.
His name is on the last panel, which are alphabetically listed. Someone local knew this soldier as all the names were handed in and not from an Army list. The trouble is that as this memorial was the first to be erected locally, all the Hawarden Parishes sent names in to have some of their men remembered and are remembered on their own Memorial when it was erected later, I cite the case of the Connah’s Quay and Shotton War Memorial, where lots of the men on Hawarden are also on that memorial. I cannot find any H. Woodward on the Flintshire WW1 Index Cards, I wonder if he came out of the Services and then died after. If this is so, then he would have had to have died between 1914 and 1920 when the memorial was unveiled. Taking into account the erection of the Memorial and the names being carved onto it, it would have had to be earlier than 1920.
I cannot find an entry for him on the Commonwealth War Graves for the Great War, but their cut-off date was August 1921, which is at odds re the conversation above, so if he died after that then he would have been too late to get on there, but someone in this area made sure he was remembered.
I have looked on the internet in the usual places, i.e. census Ancestry, Findmypast and BMD’s but cannot find a clue to his identity, so please any help would be great to give this soldier some recognition.
In the County Herald dated 27th April 1917 a List of Casualties was published among the men who were named as having Died of Wounds – Royal Welsh Fusiliers – Woodward 9223 Q.D. (may have been O.D.) (Connah’s Quay)