Topic: Roy Howard Woollams (1898-1918)

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Corporal Roy Howard Woollams was killed in action in France on 8 May 1918. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Roy Howard Woollams was born in Ponsonby, Auckland on 30 August 1898 (reg. 1898/2658). His parents were David Edwin and Harriet Ann Denton Woollams (nee Dash) who married in 1897 (reg. 1897/1828). Harriet had arrived in New Zealand from London on board the 'Arawa' in 1892.

Roy's mother Harriet died on 12 December 1902, when he was just four years old (reg. 1902/6422). Harriett was buried in Purewa Cemetery in Auckland. In 1908 his father remarried to Bertha Elizabeth Powell (reg. 1908/1849).

Roy worked as a clerk. He enlisted to fight in World War I on 27 June 1916, serving with the Entrenching Battalion (Service No. 29533).

On 4 October 1917 Roy was reported wounded with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was made Corporal on 16 December 1917.

Corporal Roy Howard Woollams was killed in action in France on 8 May 1918, aged 19. His body was buried in a shallow grave. On 11 June 1920 the family were advised that his body had been 'removed from an isolated grave' and 'laid to rest' in the Perth Cemetery (China Wall) at Leper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Roy's medals were sent to his father in Tauranga.

Roy Howard Woollams (1896-1918)

Roy's father David is buried in Tauranga Anglican Cemetery.


References: UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960.

Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Tauranga Cemetery Records.


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Roy Howard Woollams (1898-1918)

Note:Service Number: 29533
First Names:Roy Howard
Last Name:Woollams
Date of Birth:30 August 1898
Place of Birth:Ponsonby, Auckland
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:8 May 1918
Place of death:France
Place of burial:Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Fathers name:David Edwin Woollams
Fathers date of birth:1876
Fathers date of death:20 October 1955
Fathers place of death:Tauranga, New Zealand
Mothers name:Harriet Ann Denton Dash
Mothers date of birth:c1875
Mothers place of birth:England?
Mothers date of death:12 December 1902
Mothers place of death:Auckland, New Zealand
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)