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Mollie Smith (nee Houghton), 2007
Private Walter Wooding

30631 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Gravestone in France Grave F.671
Son of Mr Enos & Mrs Lizzie Wooding

Aged 19 years

Died 7th March 1917

Commemorated at Bray Military Cemetery
Grave II. B.17
And in Rushden Cemetery
Grave F.671

Born at Yardley Hastings, enlisted at Kettering.
Pte Wooding
Private W Wooding
The Rushden Echo Friday 16 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier's Fate Private Walter Wooding Succumbs to Wounds

Official news was received on Tuesday by Mr and Mrs Wooding, of 12 Upper-Queen-street, Rushden, that their youngest son, Pte Walter Wooding, - Northants Regt., has died of wounds in France.

Pte Wooding, who was only 19 years of age, was fatally wounded in the thigh by gunshot. When he was taken out of action a field-card was sent to his parents to say that he was wounded and was proceeding to the base. Mr and Mrs Wooding received this card last Saturday, and naturally they hoped for the best, but the young soldier succumbed at a clearing station before he reached the base.

The deceased soldier, who volunteered for service last June at the age of 18 and went out to France in the autumn, was formerly employed at Mr J Hyde's boot factory, Rushden.

As a lad the deceased was a scholar in the Independent Wesleyan Sunday School, and about twelve months ago he was received in to church membership.

The Rushden Echo Friday 23 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Cheerful up to the Last - Fine Tribute to a Rushden Soldier - The late Private Walter Wooding

In our last issue we reported that Pte Walter Wooding, Northants, Regiment youngest son of Mrs and Mrs E Wooding, had died of wounds in France. Mrs Wooding has now received the following letter from Pte B J Brown, of he R.A.M.C.:

"Dear Madam, - I am writing to you on behalf of your son, Walter, who was wounded on Monday evening, and came into this casualty station the same evening with fractured leg, and he was going on well after an operation. He was very cheerful all day Tuesday; his temperature was well down, and he was the best patient in my ward, and kept everyone here happy, but on Wednesday morning he had a change for the worse, for the leg had turned to the bad way, and he passed away Wednesday evening, for which I was very sorry, for he was so cheerful right up to the last. He was quite sensible up to the last, and he asked me to write to you and to tell you not to worry, for he would see you before long in heaven. He said he had done his duty for his country. He said he was very thankful for what I had done for him. He thought he was a lot of trouble to me, but I told him not to worry, for he was in no pain. Your son will be buried to-morrow with full military honours, in a coffin.

Mr and Mrs Wooding wish to return their grateful thanks to the many kind friends for the sympathy shown to them in their heavy bereavement.

The Wellingborough News , March 30 1917 , transcribed by Clive Wood

Rushden Volunteer's fatal wound

Pte Walter Wooding, the youngest son of Mrs Wooding of Rushden, has died of wounds. The utmost sympathy will be felt for the bereaved parents. The deceased soldier only 19 years of age, and volunteered for service last June at the age of 18 years. He went to France in the autumn and after considerable service received his fatal wound, a gunshot in the thigh.

walterPrivate Walter Wooding Mollie Smith (nee Houghton), 2007

Walter was the second son of Enos and Lizzie Wooding of 12, Upper Queen Street, Rushden. He had an elder brother, Arthur and three sisters, Alice, Beatrice and Edith. The family had moved from Yardley Hastings where they had all been born.

By the 1901 census the family was living in Upper Queen Street. Adjoining their house was a small factory where they made boots and shoes.

Walter was killed in the fierce fighting on the Somme. Picture: The Argus Newspaper

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