John Woodward

John Woodward was born in Leigh, Lancashire in 1918.

He was the son of Edward and Florence Woodward.

John attended Bolton Church Institute from 1929 (1a) to 1934 (V).

After leaving School he worked as a goods clerk for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway at Walkden.


John's War

John joined the Army in at the outbreak of War in September 1939 and was posted abroad in January 1940. He served as a Corporal with the Royal Army Service Corps in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but intense period of fighting. During the Japanese occupation, Stanley jail and village were used as a prisoner of war and civilian internment camp and the cemetery, which had not been used for more than 70 years, was reopened for burials from the camp.

John died in captivity in Hong Kong on 29 October 1942.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
3 July 1943

News of Bolton Men

Cpl John Woodward RASC, 98, Sapling-rd, Bolton, has been reported a “prisoner of war in Japanese occupied territory”. Twenty-four years old, he joined the Army in September, 1939 and went abroad in January 1940. Before joining the Army he was a goods clerk for the LMS at Walkden station.

Bolton Journal and Guardian
21 December 1945

Reported Killed at Hong Kong

Corpl. John Woodward (24) RASC, 98 Sapling-rd, Bolton, is reported killed at Hong Kong on Oct 29th 1942, and is buried at Kowloon prisoner of war cemetery. Before joining the Forces in 1939 Corpl.Woodward was an LMS clerk at Walkden. He was educated at Church Institute School and attended St Bede’s Church.



John Woodward

John Woodward

Corporal: S/134377

12 Hong Kong Company
Royal Army Service Cops

Born: Leigh, Lancashire 1918

Died: Hong Kong 29 October 1942

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