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Captain, 101st Squadron Royal Air Force and Royal Garrison Artillery. MC.

Killed in a flying accident 31st October 1918.

Buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension.

Student of law.


 

Frederick was born in 1897, the only son of Frederick Arthur and Ellen Woodcock of Whalley Range. He was educated at Riber Castle, Matlock and Harrow School. In 1914 he entered Manchester University to study law and was articled with his fathers firm. From October 1914 to August 1915 he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. In August 1915 he was commissioned and joined the 9th Brigade Heavy Artillery. In April 1916 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps as an artillery observer. Harold was awarded a Military Cross in October 1917 “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He performed continuous and valuable work in contact patrols and reconaisanaces, flying at low altitude. On one occasion in a very strong gale, flying low, he obtained information of the greatest importance.” He died on 31st October at Peronne in France when the plane he was piloting was involved in an accident which caused the plane to be completely destroyed by fire. He left effects worth £173 10s 3d to his mother and Edith Woodcock, who may have been his widow.