Bernard Woodward

Oct 16, 1888

Born in Nottingham, England to Leonard and Alice Woodward


Jun 17, 1911

Embarked the SS Teutonic in Liverpool


Occupation listed on ship’s manifest Fireman, and intended occupation given as Bottler


Jun 25, 1911

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Waterloo, Ontario


Feb 22, 1915

Bernard’s wife, Mary Louisa Woodward gave written consent for her husband to join the expeditionary force. 

This permission was required by law at the beginning of the war




Feb 25, 1915

Attested into the 34th Battalion CEF in Guelph, Ontario

Ø  Number 402429

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Mary Louisa Woodward, wife, Waterloo, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Boiler Maker’s Helper

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the battalion’s 2nd Draft


Jul 8, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Aug 17, 1915

The 34th Battalion’s 2nd Reinforcing Draft embarked the SS Hesperian in Montreal, Quebec


Shown on the ship’s Embarkation Roll with the rank of Private


Aug 26, 1915

The draft disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the men were absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion and posted to “B” Company to continue training


Sep 1, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Dislocated Cartilage in his right knee

Rank shown on admission Lance Corporal


Sep 6, 1915

Transferred to the Central Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Sep 9, 1915

Surgery performed to repair the damaged knee


Sep 26, 1915

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital, Ash, Kent


Oct 11, 1915

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 9th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling with light duties


Jan 19, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 20, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 3, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Woodward joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium, on the Ypres Salient and was posted to “B” Company


Jun 14, 1916

Admitted to the 2nd Division Rest Station at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Trench Fever


Jun 23, 1916

Private Woodward rejoined the 21st Battalion in trenches 33 to 38 near Verbrande Molen, Belgium on the Ypres Salient


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was assigned the objective of capturing the strongly defended German headquarters in a sugar factory south of Courcelette, France as part of the battle of the Somme.  The fighting was fierce and the losses were heavy.  Private Bernard Woodward was first reported to be missing, but his body was later recovered and buried in a field near the jumping off point just east of Pozieres. 





When the war ended, his remains were exhumed and reburied in the Courcelette British Cemetery, Courcelette, France.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Mary Woodward, Waterloo, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Alice Woodward, New Lenton, Nottingham, England


Oct 12, 1918

Bernard’s wife Mary Woodward died in Waterloo, and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Waterloo, Ontario



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