Charlie Woodhead (c.1889-1915)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Charlie Woodhead

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

WOODHEAD, CHARLIE. Private. No 1331. 'Y Company, 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Netherthong, Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs Fred Woodhead, Cut Lane, Netherthong. For six years had played the clarinet in the band of the Huddersfield Battalion and was a former member of the Netherthong Philharmonic Band. Employed as a joiner at Holmfirth. Enlisted October 1914. Went out to the Dardenelles in July 1915. Killed in action, 21.8.1915, aged 26 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated HELLES MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
The following extract is taken from 'British Regiments at Gallipoli' by Ray Westlake, '21.8.1915. Official History of the Gallipoli campaign records that the Battalion, with the 9th Battalion West Yorkshires were hurried forward to capture first objective, but they swung left- handed, ending up in position north of Hetman Chair. An attempt was then made to assault a communication trench, but this turned out to be a heavily defended fire trench. 'The enemy's resistance could not be overcome and the troops fell back towards the southern slopes of Green Hill.'
The War Diary records, 'High casualties. Held position under heavy artillery fire until relieved on 23.8.1915.'
ROH:- Netherthong and Thongsbridge War Memorial; Netherthong Working Men's Club.