Lance Corporal Harry Woodbridge

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

29 Jul 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat blocker


Allen & Son Ltd, Bute Street

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

23 Crawley Green Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

No known grave

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 11th August 1917
L-Cpl Harry Woodbridge

L-Cpl Harry Woodbridge, 42230, 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, was reported missing, later presumed killed, in France from July 29th, 1917.

A letter from Lieut Spalding to widow Nellie Woodbridge at 23 Crawley Green Road, Luton, wrongly speculated that he might have been taken prisoner. He said that L-Cpl Woodbridge and a sergeant went out on patrol, on the evening of July 31st (according to the letter) and had not been seen or heard of since. The sentries in the front trenches heard neither rifle shot nor any disturbance, leading to the presumption that the two men were taken as prisoners.

Harry Woodbridge enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery at Biscot in July 1916 and was shortly afterwards drafted into the Middlesex Regiment. He had been in France for three months, promoted to lance-corporal about six weeks before his death.

The son of George and Lizzie Woodbridge, he was living with his parents and three sisters at 73 Wenlock Street at the time of the 1911 Census. On August 3rd, 1912, he married Nellie Stimson at St Matthew's Church, Luton, and was later living at 32 Curzon Road.

Harry Woodbridge was employed by hat manufacturers Allen & Son Ltd, of Bute Street, Luton, as a straw hat blocker.

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L-Cpl Harry Woodbridge

Author: Deejaya

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