Ernest Harold Hamley Woodward (1888-1916) - 2Lt The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment)Ernest Harold Hamley Woodwardwas born on the 28thJanuary 1888, the elder of two sons born to the Reverend Alfred Ernest Woodward and his wife Alice Harriett (nee Hamley). Ernest’s father was both a Clerk in Holy Orders and a teacher, and was an Assistant Master at Christ’s Hospital in the 1911 census. Edward was educated at Christ’s Hospital, London and then at Hartford College, Oxford and he is recorded as an “Oxford undergraduate” living with his parents at Christ’s Hospital in 1911.The final part of his education was at Grenoble University, France and on graduating he became a schoolteacher like his father and held positions as Assistant Classical Master and Football Coach at Oundle School, and subsequently Assistant Classical Master at Perse School, Cambridge.In September 1914 he volunteered for active service, refusing a commission, and enlisting as Pte PS/2270 with the 18thBn Royal Fusiliers (1st Public Schools Battalion).He served with the Battalion as part of the BEF in France and Flanders from 1915 to 1916, rising to the rank of Corporal (July 1915). When the Public Schools and Universities battalion were disbanded in March 1916 he applied for Officer Training and was accepted into the 6th Office Cadet Battalion at Balliol College, Oxford. In July 1916 he passed out of training and was granted a commission as 2ndLieutenant with the 3rdBn The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment).At the beginning of August 1916 he was posted to the 8th Bn The Queens and then a month later moved to the 10th.It appears from the somewhat scant details in the War Diary that Ernest was a replacement following the loss and wounding of a large number of officers between the 15th and 17th of September as he joined the depleted Battalion on the 27th of that month.The diary for the next three months records little action and few casualties and by late December the Battalion was in the trenches at Ridge Wood – part of the Ypres salient.A single entry for the 24th December reads “2nd Lt E.H.WOODWARD missing and reported killed on patrol”His body was never found and he has no know grave but is listed on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. As a Christ’s Hospital school “Old Blue” he is also listed on the school’s Roll of Honour and the is also recorded on the War Memorial of Perse School in Cambridgeshire.He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory and British War Medals for his service..His service record survives and can be found at the National Archives in Kew.