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Thomas Woodcock
Born (1888-03-19)19 March 1888
Died 27 March 1918(1918-03-27) (aged 30)
Place of birth Wigan, Lancashire
Place of death Bullecourt, France
Buried at Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery
Allegiance Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1915 – 1918
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit Irish Guards
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

Thomas Woodcock VC (19 March 1888 – 27 March 1918) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Woodcock was 29 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 12/13 September 1917 north of Broenbeek, Belgium, when an advanced post had held out for 96 hours and was finally forced to retire, the lance-sergeant (John Moyney) in charge of the party and Private Woodcock covered the retirement. After crossing the stream themselves, Private Woodcock heard cries for help behind him - he returned and waded into the stream amid a shower of bombs and rescued another member of the party whom he carried across open ground in daylight towards our front line, regardless of machine-gun fire.

He was killed in action at Bullecourt, France, on 27 March 1918.[1]

Further informationEdit

He later achieved the rank of corporal. He is buried at Douchy-les-Ayette British Cemetery, France. 8m SW of Arras. Plot IV. row F. Grave 3.

The medalEdit

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Irish Guards RHQ), London, England.


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