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Glad to say the Reading beat you to it with Trooper Potts VC Way on 5th April 2014 - Good luck anyway


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Thomas Woodcock - Wigan Victoria Cross Holder.

My childhood home a large square Victorian residence, had been at one time occupied by the manager of the nearby colliery, even then long gone. Many years later I was reading a book by a Wigan author, who revealed that Thomas Woodcock had worked at that very colliery and on the 3rd March 1918 returned home to a heroes welcome and a civic reception. He was also feted by the colliery manager at his home. So Woodcock V.C. would have have been wined and dined in what was later our dining room. Thomas Woodcock enlisted in the Irish Guards on the 26th May 1915 and was awarded his V.C. on the 13th September 1917 (Citation no 8387) 'For Most Conspicuous bravery'. As a V.C. holder I believe he was not obligated to return to the front line, but did so and was sadly killed in action on the 27th March 1918. He is buried at Douchy-les-Ayette, France.


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