Joseph Woodacre

Aug 25, 1898

Born in Hartlepool, England to James Henry and Emily (nee Harrison) Woodacre


Mar 30, 1912

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool with his mother and siblings



Apr 9, 1912

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Marmora, Ontario to join her husband who had preceded her from England


Jan 12, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Trenton, Ontario

Ø  Number 636326

Ø  Next of kin given as James Woodacre, father, Trenton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 155th Battalion at Bramshott


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 21, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Woodacre joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois as part of the replacements for the losses at Hill 70.


Jan 12, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 25, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 19, 1918

While in the front lines near Buissy, France, Private Woodacre was severely wounded in his back.  After receiving first aid, he was evacuated to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Sep 20, 1918

Private Joseph Woodacre died from his wounds while at the clearing station.  He was later buried in the Duisans British Military Cemetery, Etrun, France by Chaplain Walter F. Fisher.


Following the war the medals card in the file indicates that the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his mother, Mrs. E. Woodacre, Trenton Post Office, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his father, James Woodacre, Trenton, Ontario.

In that the Memorial Cross was to have been issued to the mother or spouse of the deceased, I believe the information above may be incorrect to some degree


Joseph Woodacre is honoured on the War Memorial in Trenton, Ontario



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