Private Albert Woolford

Private Albert Woolford

© 2015 Royston Williamson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Albert Woolford Birth Registration Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
Albert Woolford Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

Albert Woolford was born on the 2nd of February 1877 in Croydon, Surrey to labourer William Woolford and Ann Jane Woolford nee Walters. He was baptised on the 13th of October 1877 at Holy Saviour’s church in Croydon. At the time of the baptism the family lived at 19 Wilford Road, Croydon and William was working as a labourer.

Albert Woolford 1881 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at 54 Foster Road, Croydon. William was working as a labourer and Ann Jane was looking after their children: William, Ellen, Edward, Clara, Albert, Alice Maud and Annie.

Albert Woolford 1891 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1891 Census, Albert Woolford was a boarder at Croydon Grove, Croydon.

Albert’s father William Woolford died in 1900 in Croydon, Surrey.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Albert’s mother, the widowed, Ann lived at 19 Holmesdale Road in Croydon. At this time she was working as a charwoman. The household further comprised of her children: domestic servant Alice Maud, firework makers Percy and Paul.

Albert Woolford married Ellen Mabel Gale in the 1st quarter of 1910 in the Registration District of Dorking.

Ellen Mabel Gale was born in the 3rd quarter of 1879 in Dorking, Surrey to labourer Henry Gale and Mary Ann Gale. Ellen was baptised on the 10th of August 1879 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At this time the family lived at Back Lane in Dorking.

Albert Woolford 1911 Census © findmypast.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 23 Meadowbank, Dorking. Albert was working as a house painter and Ellen was at home. The accommodation had four rooms.

The couple had two daughters: Ivy M. Woolford born about 3rd quarter 1913 and Dorothy E. Woolford born in the 4th quarter of 1914, both in the Registration District of Dorking.

Albert Woolford enlisted in Guildford into the 10th Battalion the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. At the time of his enlistment Albert resided in Dorking. He was a Private with regimental number G/18562.

Albert Woolford was killed in an action on or since 6th of July 1917 in Belgium.

Albert Woolford Menin Gate Roll of Honour © CWGC.org
Albert Woolford Menin Gate Panel Listing © CWGC.org

He is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium on panels 11-13 and 14.

Albert Woolford WW1 Medal Roll Index Card © ancestry.co.uk
Albert Woolford British War Medal and Victory Medal Award Roll © ancestry.co.uk

Albert Woolford was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Albert Woolford Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

Albert’s wife Elle Woolford received £1, 19s and 1d on the 25th of May 1918 and a further £3 on the 22nd of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Ellen Woolford later lived at 102 Nower Road in Dorking.

Woolford Family History

Albert’s father William Woolford was born about 1841 in Croydon, Surrey to agricultural labourer William Woolford, born about 1821 in Croydon, Surrey and Sarah Woolford, born about 1821 in Croydon, Surrey.

Albert’s mother Ann Jane Walters was born in 1845 in Limerick, Ireland to Chelsea Pensioner William Walters, born about 1808 in Lambeth, Surrey and military cap maker Eleanor Walters, born about 1808 in Ireland.

William Woolford and Ann Jane Walters married in the 1st quarter 1867 in the Registration District of Croydon, Surrey.

Albert Woolford had 8 known siblings: Ann/Annie born about 1867; William T. born about 1868; Ellen born about 1871; Edward E. born about 1873; Clara born about; Alice Maud born about 1881; Percy born about 1886 and Paul born about 1888, all in Croydon, Surrey.

At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived at Albion Street, Croydon. William was working as an agricultural labourer and Ann Jane was looking after their children: Annie; William and Ellen.

Born                            Croydon
Lived                           Dorking

Son of                         William and Ann Jane (nee Walters) Woolford
Husband of                 Ellen M. Woolford of 102, Nower Road, Dorking

Enlisted                       Guildford

Regiment                     14th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       G/18562

Date of Death              7th June 1917
Place of Death             Flanders
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                             30

Memorial                     Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial