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22851   Private James Woods
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 04/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 22/05/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 16
Summary      
James Woods was the only child of James and Catherine Woods. He was born about 1900 in Eglish, County Tyrone. James’ father was a farmer. The family lived in Mulboy, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone. James Woods enlisted in Dungannon. Private James Woods was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 22nd May 1916. He was just 16 years old. Private James Woods is buried in Philosophe British Military Cemetery near Mazingarbe in France.
Further Information
James Woods was the only child of James and Catherine Woods. He was born about 1900 in Eglish, County Tyrone.
The 1901 census records James as a one year old. James father was a farmer. The family lived in Mulboy, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone.
The 1911 census records James as 11 years old. The family still lived in Mulboy, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone.
James Woods enlisted in Dungannon about June 1915.
Medal card
From the Tyrone Courier dated 1 June 1916
Other casualties reported in the Inniskillings are:- Wounded – Sergeant J Anderson, Pomeroy; Privates R J Dickson, Tully, Aughnacloy; W J Camac, Ballygawley; W Brownlee, Ballygawley; J Steenson, Tynan; James Woods, Mulboy.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 3rd June 1916:
Official intimation has been received that Private James Woods, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, (Irish Division), has been wounded in action. He resided in Mulboy, Dungannon and volunteered exactly twelve months ago.
Private James Woods was wounded in the hand in May 1916, but had returned to duty.
Private James Woods was serving with the 7th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action in France on 22nd May 1916. He was just 16 years old.
From the Mid Ulster Mail dated Saturday 10th June 1916:
Private James Woods of the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Irish Division), has been killed in action on 22nd May. Private Woods enlisted thirteen months ago, and was wounded in the hand and had only resumed duty shortly before being killed. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a labourer in Mulboy, Dungannon.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 15 June 1916
Private James Woods, Inniskilling Fusiliers, (Irish Division) who belonged to Mulboy, was killed in action on 22nd May 1916. he had been recently wounded in the hand, but had returned to duty.
Private James Woods is buried in Philosophe British Military Cemetery near Mazingarbe in France.
The CWGC records James as the son of James and Catherine Woods of Mulboy, Dungannon
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Mulboy, Derrygortrevy Dungannon Town South Census listing in Mulboy, Derrygortrevy 54.485298 -6.792998
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1 1901 Census lists Woods family Lists James as age 1 living with the family at house 13 in Mulboy, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Woods family Lists James as age 11 living with the family at house 5 in Mulboy, Derrygortrevy, Tyrone
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 Philosophe British Cemetery Photo of James Wood's headstone
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of James Wood's headstone can be purchased here.
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