Frederick George Woodiss

This page sets out the key events of Frederick George Woodiss’s life, with detailed references. See the bottom of the page for automatically generated links to blog posts which refer to this page.

Personal life

Born: On 7 September 1890 At: East Finchley, Middlesex
Birth registered: 3rd quarter 1890 Barnet Registration District
Died: On 11 May 1941 At: Sutton
Death registered: 2nd quarter 1941 Surrey Mid Eastern Registration District
Aged: 51


Learnt to ring: Hersham, after 1901 Association membership: Surrey Association Elected: ?
Winchester Diocesan Guild ?
Guildford Diocesan Guild 1927, founder member
Peals: 147 (plus two more subsequently found to be false)


Occupation (1911): Book-keeper (newspaper proprietor)
Occupation (1916): Accountant

War service

Service: Army Rank: Private – Acting Corporal Enlisted: 1 February 1915
Corps: Grenadier Guards Subunit: 2nd Battalion Number: 22686
Campaign medals: 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

Life events

Date Modifier Date Event Description/Notes Sources
On 1 October 1888 Parents’ marriage George Woodiss (24) and Emily Cousins (27) married on 1 October 1888 at Holy Trinity, East Finchley, registered 4th quarter 1888, Barnet Registration District, Middlesex. George was recorded as living in Shepperton and working as a signalman. His father, Ralph Woodiss, had already died, he had been a stonemason. Emily was living in Fortis Green, Finchley, her father, William, was a labourer. The marriage was after banns, read at Holy Trinity and St Nicholas, Shepperton. Marriage1; Banns1; FreeBMD2
On 7 September 1890 Birth Frederick George Woodiss born East Finchley, Middlesex, registered 3rd quarter 1890, Barnet Registration District. His railway employment record gives his date of birth as 7 September. However, the 1891 census gives his age as 7 months, that was taken on 2 April 1891, which would strictly suggest he was born before 2 September 1891, but on or after 2 August, but it may be that only an approximate age was given. FreeBMD3; Railway; Census1891
On 28 September 1890 Baptism Frederick George Woodiss baptised Holy Trinity, Hampstead, on 28 September 1890. The register records his parents as George and Emily Woodiss of 20 Hamilton Road, and that George’s occupation was signalman, Great Northern Railway. Baptism1
On 5 April 1891 Census Frederick George Woodiss (aged 7 months), residing at Oak Cottage?, Shepperton. Parents George (26) railway signalman, and Emily (30). Also living with them was Louisa Cousins (34), laundry maid, described as George’s sister-in-law, so presumably Louisa’s sister (she also appears as one of the witnesses on their wedding certificate). Census1891; Marriage1;
Before 27 November 1892 Birth of brother Edward Woodiss, born Shepperton, Middlesex, registered 4th quarter 1892, Staines Registration District FreeBMD4; Census1901; Baptism2
On 27 November 1892 Baptism of brother Edward Woodiss was baptised at St Nicholas Shepperton, the son of George and Emily Woodiss. George is stated to be a railway signalman. Baptism2
On 31 March 1901 Census Frederick George Woodiss, aged 10, juvenile, residing 14 West Grove Villas, Hersham. Living with his parents George (36) railway signalman, and Emily (39); and younger brother Edward (8). Census1901
On 20 April 1905 Start job Frederick George Woodiss, born 7 September 1890, height 5’6.5″, Hersham, recommended by his father, a signalman, was appointed as an office lad at the Regent Street Office on wages of 8 shillings a week. Oddly no trace has been found of his father’s employment records. Railway
On 26 April 1906 Pay rise After just over a year in the job, his pay was increased to 10 shillings. Railway
On 2 May 1907 Pay rise After his second year he received a further pay rise, to 12 shillings. Railway
On 29 May 1907 Left job Shortly after his second pay rise he “resigned for other employment”, no further details are given. Railway
On 2 April 1911 Census Frederick George Woodiss, aged 20, book-keeper for newspaper proprietors, residing 94 Cotterill Road, Surbiton. Living with his aunt, Lousia Cousins (56), laundrymaid (ironer); mother, Emily Woodiss (51); and brother, Edward (18) correspondence clerk for motor manufacturer. His mother is stated to have been married for 22 years, and has two children (both living). His father was boarding with the Hart family at 191 Amyand Park Road, Twickenham. He is listed as George Woodiss, (47) signalman, London and South Western Railway; the Harts were Robert Hart (47) carpenter and joiner, and his wife, Harriet Ann (48); and their daughter, Harriet (22) toilet shop assistant. Also boarding there was Margaret Hill (59), living on private means. It is not clear at this distance why this separation had occurred – it may simply have been due to George’s shifts as a signalman (Amyand Park Road runs parallel to the railway line between the stations at St Margarets and Twickenham). Census1911Census1911-2
Before 19 December 1914 Moved Some time after the 1911 census Frederick moved to Woodmancote, Dursley, Gloucestershire. The Ringing World of 25 December 1914 states “The annual meeting of the Wotton-under-Edge branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Association was held at Wickwar on Saturday last[…]F. G. Woodiss (Dursley)[…]The bells were rung half-muffled on account of the war.” The issue of 5 February 1915 lists him as being from Woodmancote, Gloucestershire – presumably the one just outside Dursley, rather than the one near Bishop’s Cleeve. RW1; RW2
On 1 February 1915 Enlisted The Surrey Recruitment Registers record “Accountant, born Finchley, 25, 5’10.25″, 148 lbs, 37″ chest, 2.5″, attested 1 February 1915, Kingston. 39 Douglas Road, Tolworth. To Grenadier Guards.” Oddly, the 5 February Ringing World states he joined the Royal Field Artillery, and was still living in Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, although he enlisted in Kingston-on-Thames and gave a local address, presumably where his parents were living. SRR; RW2
On 5 April 1915 Ringing meeting On Easter Monday 1915 Woodiss was present at the Easter meeting of the Central District of the Surrey Association at Banstead (the first time he is known to have rung there). He was then stationed at the Guards’ Depot, Caterham. RW3
On 17 July 1915 Ringing meeting On Saturday 17 May Woodiss attended the midsummer meeting of the Central District of the Surrey Association held at Dorking. He was then still stationed at Caterham. RW4
On 21 August 1915 Ringing meeting On Saturday 21 August Woodiss attended a meeting of the South and West District of the Middlesex Association. He was now reported to be stationed at Chelsea (presumably Wellington Barracks, or maybe the Duke of York’s). RW5
Before 20 October 1915 Ringing The Ringing World of 19 November 1915 reported three guardsman ringers (F G Woodiss, W Cossins and J Leech) were with a battalion of the Grenadier Guards at Marlow where they had taken part in specially organised ringing at the parish church. No date is given, but Woodiss was posted to France on 20 October. The only confirmation for a Grenadier Guards battalion being in Marlow has it leaving for France on 14 July 1915. RW6; LLT
On 20 October 1915 Posted On 20 October Woodiss was posted to France. It seems he joined the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards RW6; LLT
Before 4 November 1916 Wounded The Ringing World issue of 17 November 1916 reported on the quarterly meeting of the Central District of the Surrey Association at Emmanuel, Streatham held “on Saturday week” – presumably 4 November 1916. During the meeting “The assistant hon secretary was directed to send kindly remembrance from the meeting to Pte F. G. Woodiss (2nd Grenadier Guards), now in the King George’s Hospital, Waterloo Road, with serious wounds received in France, with sincere hopes, for relief from pain and restoration to health and strength.” It was reported on 2 February 1917 referring to the AGM of 27 January 1917 that he was still convalescing. RW7; RW8
On 21 April 1919 Ringing Meeting The quarterly meeting of the Central District of the Surrey Association was held at Epsom on Easter Monday 1919 where “A hearty welcome was accorded to Mr. F. Woodiss upon his recovery from severe wounds and subsequent serious operations”. RW9
On 19 March 1921 Rededication of Banstead bells On 19 March 1921 the bells at Banstead were rededicated having been recast and rehung by Gillett and Johnston of Croydon. Woodiss and R I George were among the ringers formally admitted to the new band. First named was Captain F E D Acland, who had paid for the work. He came from a ringing family, but doesn’t seem to have been a ringer himself. It appears that at this time Woodiss was living at Chipstead Road, Banstead, as those wishing to ring on the new bells were asked to apply him ot him at that address. RW10; RW11
On 22 October 1921 Peal 22 October 1921 saw the first peal on the new bells at Banstead, of Grandsire Triples. Woodiss was ringing the fourth, H F Ewins the treble, Major J H B Hesse the third, Alfred Winch the fifth and Robert I George the tenor. RW12
Before 30 September 1922 Marriage The marriage of Frederick G Woodiss and Edith L Martin was registered in the Shaftesbury registration district in the 3rd quarter of 1922. No trace of any ringing for the wedding has yet been found FreeBMD5; FreeBMD6
On 24 January 1923 Death of father Woodiss’s father died on 24 January 1923, there was a short obituary published on 2 February 1923 describing how he had been largely responsible for setting up the band at Hersham when bells were installed. He subsequently moved to Twickenham, where he died. RW12
On 2 April 1923 Peal Woodiss rang the 4th to a peal of Stedman Triples at Holy Trinity, Guildford on 2 April 1923. Also ringing was John H B Hesse on the 3rd and Alfred H Pulling on the tenor RW13
On 23 June 1923 Peal Woodiss rang the 2nd to a peal of Grandsire Triples at All Saints, Banstead on 23 June 1923. RW14
In 1923 Elected to College Youths In 1923 he was elected to the Ancient Society of College Youths, following in his father’s footsteps, who had been elected in 1904. The College Youths’ records indicate that he was by then living in Banstead. This must have taken place before the peal of 28 July. ASCY
On 28 July 1923 Peal Woodiss rang the 3rd to a peal of Stedman Triples at All Saints, Banstead on 23 June 1923. Major J H B Hesse rang the 5th. RW15
Before 3 August 1923 Birth of daughter? According to the General Register Office indexes, the birth of Cecilia F Woodiss (mother’s maiden name Martin) was registered in the Epsom registration district in the 3rd quarter 1923. However, The Ringing World of 3 August 1923 actually recorded “the birth of a son and heir”, and Woodiss’s obituary also states he had a son and a daughter. RW16; FreeBMD7; Obit
Before 11 July 1924 Bicycle accident The Ringing World reported that Woodiss was in Sutton Cottage Hospital with concussion and a broken collarbone after he ran into a dog on his bicycle. RW17
Before 27 January 1928 Busaccident The Ringing World reported that Woodiss had fallen from a London omnibus the previous week, breaking his arm, but he was doing well. RW18
Before 30 June 1926 Birth of daughter? According to the General Register Office indexes, the birth of Megan L Woodiss (mother’s maiden name Martin) was registered in the Epsom registration district in the 2nd quarter 1926. Woodiss’s obituary states he had a son and a daughter. FreeBMD8; Obit
On 20 August 1932 Peal A peal of Grandsire Triples at Christ Church Epsom [Common], the first peal by a band of altar servers, Woodiss rang the second. Footnotes record that the ringers were from eight dioceses (seven counties), and had travelled a total of about 2300 miles (there had also been a previous unsuccessful attempt). RW19
On 11 May 1941 Death The death of Frederick George Woodiss at the age of just 51 was reported in The Ringing World on 23 May 1941, and more detailed account of his peals followed on 13 June. The death was registered in the 2nd quarter 1941, in the Surrey Mid Eastern registration district. The National Probate Calendar shows that administration of his estate was granted to Edith Laura Woodiss and Laura Matilda Woodiss (both described only as widows, the second presumably his mother-in-law) on 29 July 1941. The estate was valued at £1166 6s 6d. FreeBMD9; Obit; Peals; Probate



  1. FreeBMD1: Marriages Dec 1888 – Woodiss George
  2. FreeBMD2: Marriages Dec 1888 – Cousins Emily
  3. FreeBMD3: Births Sep 1890 – Woodiss Frederick George
  4. FreeBMD4: Births Dec 1892 – Woodiss Edward
  5. FreeBMD5: Marriage Sep 1922 – Woodiss Frederick G
  6. FreeBMD6: Marriage Sep 1922 – Martin Edith L
  7. FreeBMD7: Births Sep 1923 – Woodiss Cecilia F
  8. FreeBMD8: Births Jun 1926 – Woodiss Megan L
  9. FreeBMD9: Deaths Jun 1941 – Woodiss Frederick G


  1. Census1891: RG 12/1014 Folio 53 Page 2 – Woodiss household, Oak Cottage, Shepperton.
  2. Census1901: RG 13/588 Folio 18 Page 28 Schedule Number 163 – Woodiss household, 14 West Grove Villas, Hersham.
  3. Census1911: RG 14/3544 and RG 78/132 Registration District 40 Subdistrict 3 Enumeration District 9 Schedule Number 227 – Cousins/Woodiss household, 94 Cotterill Road, Surbiton
  4. Census1911-2: RG 14/6835 Schedule Number 61 – Hart household, 191 Amyand Park Road, Twickenham

National Probate Calendar, England and Wales

  1. Probate: Fredrick George Woodiss, died 11 May 1941, administration 29 July 1941. (Subscription required)

Other family history sources

  1. Marriage1: London Metropolitan Archives, Holy Trinity, Finchley, Register of marriages, P81/TRI2, Item 007. digitised version via, subscription required for access.
  2. Banns1: London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Nicholas, Shepperton, Register of banns of marriage, DRO/086, Item 015. digitised version via, subscription required for access.
  3. Baptism1: London Metropolitan Archives, Finchley Holy Trinity, Register of Baptism, p81/tri2, Item 003 digitised version via, subscription required for access. Ancestry actually list the church as Hampstead Holy Trinity, but the image clearly shows Finchley, which is also consistent with the address given.
  4. Baptism2: London Metropolitan Archives, Shepperton, Register of Baptism, dro/086, Item 006. digitised version via, subscription required for access.
  5. Railway: The railway employment records are held at The National Archives, for the London and South Western Railway records that include Woodiss, see RAIL 411/511, these have been digitised and can be found on (subscription required)

The Ringing World

  1. RW1: 25 December 1914, p340 (page 776 of PDF version)
  2. RW2: 5 February 1915, p63
  3. RW3: 16 April 1915, p198
  4. RW4: 23 July 1915, p34 (p374 of pdf version)
  5. RW5: 27 August 1915, p88 (p428 of pdf version)
  6. RW6: 19 November 1915, p233 (p573 of pdf version)
  7. RW7: 17 November 1916, p198 (p494 of pdf version)
  8. RW8: 2 February 1917, p37
  9. RW9: 2 May 1919, p157
  10. RW10: 11 March 1921, p133
  11. RW11: 1 April 1921, p179
  12. RW12: 4 November 1921, p667
  13. RW13: 2 February 1923, p77
  14. RW14: 13 April 1923, p227
  15. RW15: 29 June 1923, p404
  16. RW16: 3 August 1923, p483
  17. RW17: 11 July 1924, p440
  18. RW18: 27 January 1928, p56
  19. RW19: 2 September 1932, pp575, 578 (photo)
  20. Obit: 23 May 1941, p250
  21. Peals: 13 June 1941, p285

Ancient Society of College Youths

  1. ASCY: List of members: 1900-1924

Military records

  1. SRR: The Surrey Recruitment Registers, Surrey History Centre reference 2496/2 (Volume 2 page 69). For more details see the description of the collection at the Surrey History Centre, transcripts are available on CD from the Surrey History Trust and also on FindMyPast
  2. MIC: Medal card of Woodiss, Frederick G. See also the Medal Rolls themselves, fors his 1914-15 Star and his British War and Victory Medals

Other military information

  1. LLT: Grenadier Guards on the Long, Long Trail by Chris Baker.

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