Woodfield, John William

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 29
Date of birth: 1891

Address: 9 North Rock Saltisford

Occupation: Grocery Warehouseman

John was born in Warwick in 1891 and grew up there. In 1911 he was living at 9 North Rock, Saltisford, with his widowed mother and younger brother and was working as a grocery warehouseman.

John married Margery Bates from Kenilworth in June 1920 and they lived at 3 Arthur St, Kenilworth.  He died on 20th March 1921 and is buried in Kenilworth Cemetery. His death was acknowledged as war related as he has a Commonwealth War Graves headstone, although his service papers do not appear to have survived.  He has not been found on any other local war memorial.


Military Service

Rank & Number: Company Sergeant Major, 265032
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Date of death: 20th March 1921
Cause of death/Battle:
Commemorated/Buried: Kenilworth Cemetery B669
Commemorated locally at: None

John went to France on the 22nd March 1915 with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and served throughout the war being promoted from Private to Company Sergeant Major. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) in June 1918 “in recognition of valuable services rendered with the Forces in Italy” (London Gazette 3rd June 1918).

He was discharged from the Army on 29th September 1919


Thanks to Susan Tall of Kenilworth War Memorial