Alan (1893 -1917)and Basil (1897-1917) Woollard were born in London but were living with their family at 21 Manor Road when they attended North School. Alan left school in 1907 and by 1911 was working as a bootmaker’s assistant.
Alan joined the Royal Field Artillery. He died of wounds in July 1917, probably in a casualty clearing station at Lijssenthoek, Belgium, back from the Ypres frontline. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery where his headstone reads “Until the day breaks”.
Basil was conscripted into the Essex Regiment in May 1916. He spent 9 days in Dovercourt hospital for pleurisy before leaving for France in September and transferring into the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) regiment. He was killed in action in February 1917. He is buried at Chester Farm Cemetery, Belgium.
Alan and Basil are both remembered on the St Mary at the Walls roll of honour (now Colchester Arts Centre).
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920