Isaac Woods joined the XX The Lancashire Fusiliers in
1899 and in a very short time was shipped off to South Africa
and soon ended up with the 20th Mounted Militia at the Battle
of Spion Kop.
He used to tell his son Roy when Roy was
a young boy that he completed his training on board ship whilst
travelling to South Africa.
Isaac is on the list of Men of The
XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers who fought in the Boer War"
The Number, Rank, Name, and Battalion his number is 7657
J Woods )
Click here to go Spion Kop Page )
He returned to England as a L/Cpl in late 1902 having served
with the 20th Mounted Infantry.
the Service document for South Africa
The Queens South Africa Medal
He joined 1LF and got posted to Malta, then
Egypt, Malta again, this was keeping an eye on trouble brewing
in Turkey etc., then off to India serving at Chakrata, Jamrudfort,
Multan and several other places, for just over 7 years returning
as a Sergeant in December 1914
here to see the Multan Photo Album).
His next posting was in April 1916 to France
were he was wounded on the 1st July 1916 at the
Battle of the Somme.
Isaac in 1916
He returned to the UK and was transferred
to hospital with the 3rd Battalion at Withernsea near Hull where
the wounded were sent.
Isaac is 2nd from the right
Letter to Isaac from
Major Arthur James Mitchell,
4th Bn LF ,
20th Mounted Infantry
CO Wellington Barracks Bury
There he met up again with his friend Jack
Grimshaw VC who had been wounded at Gallipoli
He returned to France in March 1918 with
I think the 23rd Infantry Brigade but am not sure which battalion
it was. He was duly promoted C Sgt then a/CSM returning later
from France again and received substantive rank of CSM.
Isaac is sat immediately behind man sat cross legged
(4th from left front row)
Isaac is stood 3rd from right 2nd row immediately behind
man without cap
In 1919 he was sent to Kirky in Liverpool
as a RSM reverting to substantive CSM with the 6th battalion
in Feb 1920.
He remained with the 6th battalion until
his discharge in Dec 1920.
Isaac Woods was 68 years old when he died
from a cerebral thrombosis on the 26th February 1947
A man any son can be proud of..