Edgar Joseph Woodland (1888–1974)


Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve


BRISTOL, Z/4683 & 6/1585 attached to 6th Battalion

Photos courtesy Jim Walker

Edgar Woodland

Edgar with shoulder flashes of Telegraphist

Edgar Woodland

Edgar wearing Mediterranean uniform

He was known as Edgar. He was born in 1888 at Derby, the son of Joseph and Fanny Woodland. His father was a railway inspector and Edgar became a clerk for the railway company. He joined the Navy in November 1915, and his record noted that he was a clerk, C of E and a swimmer. In February 1916 he passed out of signal school and was posted to the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham. He left the service in May 1919. He married Margaret (Maggie) Puttock in 1919 and they lived at Fritchley.

Edgar sent Maggie photographs and postcards from the various places he was stationed. He served in the Mediterranean.

postcard from Edgar Woodland in WW1

Postcard sent to Margaret dated 18 December 1917

postcard from Edgar Woodland in WW1

Undated postcard on which Edgar asks Maggie what she thinks of the ship

postcard from Edgar Woodland in WW1

Card from Edgar to Maggie from Greece dated 1916

photo from Edgar Woodland

Card sent from Edgar showing two Maltese seamen

Edgar Woodland's wife Margaret Puttock

Margaret Puttock, Edgar's wife-to-be

Naval Record
Rating O.Sig; DoB 20/05/88; he was a clerk living at Fritchley. His height was 5ft 5in and he had brown eyes and brown hair. He was C of E and a swimmer The next of kin was his father, J. Woodland, of 30 Brereton Road Bedford.
10/11/15 Date of entry
27/11/15 Attached to 6th Bn 6/1585
21/02/16 Drafted from signal school S.S.2015 to R.N. Bks Chatham
11/03/16 Enrolment form forwraded to A.G./9;
17/05/19 W.G.148826 A.G.9b

1939 Register: Toadmoor Lane, Ambergate
Joseph E Woodland b.20 May 1888; railway clerk
Margaret Woodland b.9 November 1890; First Aid ARP St John's Ambulance
Joseph R Woodland b.8 February 1924; office boy

Joseph Edgar Woodland married Margaret (Maggie) Puttock in 1919


1901: Bedfordshire

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph C Woodland Head 49 Railway Inspector Houghton Conquest, Beds
Fanny M Woodland wife 48   Claydon, Oxon
Joseph E Woodland son 12   Derby
Fanny M Morgan niece 32   Claydon, Oxon

RG13; Piece: 1492; Folio: 105; Page: 24

1911: Station House, Ambergate

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Edgar Woodland Boarder 22 Railway Clerk Derby

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