Saturday, September 06, 2014

18474 Private Jesse Woodhams, Coldstream Guards

Jesse Woodhams appears on the 1901 census of England and Wales as a ten year old living with his family at Twyford Lodge Cottage, Maresfield, Sussex. The family comprised Thomas Woodhams (head), a widower aged 38 and working from home as a gamekeeper. With him were his four children: Kate Woodhams (aged 15), Thomas Woodhams (aged 13 and attending school), Jesse and Frederick Woodhams (aged three). Thomas senior and the two oldest children had been born in Tunbridge Wells. Jesse was born at Chelwood Common, Sussex and Frederick at Twyford, Sussex.

Chailey Parish Magazine first mentions Jesse Woodhams in August 1917 noting: Woodhams, Pte J, Coldstream Guards. In January 1918, the additional information that he has been wounded is added and this information is repeated up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.

Jesse Woodhams’ regimental number was 18474 which indicates that he joined the Coldstream Guards in August 1916. His two brothers, Thomas Jesse Woodhams and Frederick Woodhams, also served their King and Country during the First World War.

Medal index card courtesy of Ancestry.

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