|Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)||86269||7th Battalion|
|King’s Shropshire Light Infantry||36603||7th Battalion|
Photo courtesy Peter Woolley
Ike was born at Crich in 1898 and worked for the Butterley Company before joining the Sherwood Foresters. He enlisted in March 1916 aged nineteen and became a signaller. He was posted to the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in April 1917. At Gommecourt in September 1918 he was gassed and severely wounded by a gunshot to his left thigh, injuring the sciatic nerve. His knee movement was limited to an angle of 45° and could not be fully extended and also his ankle was not freely flexible and there was great muscular wasting. He spent time in the South African General Hospital at Abbeville, France, the 15th Canadian Hospital in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, the War Hospital at Reading, the Military Hospital, Edmonton. Eventually he had to have his leg amputated.
In 1923 he became the first warden of Crich Memorial Tower which was dedicated to the men of the Sherwood Foresters; he retired in 1970. During the Second World war he was commander of Crich Home Guard. Ike died on 7th April 1980 aged eighty-two.
Ike was very well known in the area and a keen supporter Crich Rangers football team. He was club secretary.
14 September 1918
Signaller J. I. Wooley, Crich
Medal Roll Index card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Army Pension Record
He enlisted 02/03/16 aged 19; a member of Oddfellows who worked Butterley Company. His weight was 5ft 7in; and weight 135lb. He was C of E, a signaller whose military character was very good.
02/03/16 Posted Sherwood Foresters
14/04/17 Posted, aged 22, to K.S.L.I.
28/04/18 Sick to hospital
16/06/18 On base depot
25/08/18 Posted to K.S.L.I
02/09/18 In France suffered a gun shot wound left thigh; sciatic nerve injury. Knee movement limited to an angle of 45° and cannot be fully extended; ankle not freely flexible; great muscular wasting.
He was in hospitals: No 1 South African General Abbeville (France); 15th Canadian Hospital Taplow Bucks; No 1 War Hospital Reading; S.M.S. Hospital Edmonton N18
Sherwood Foresters Roll
Enlisted Notts & Derby then transferred to Kings Shropshire Light Infantry 36603.
He was gassed and severely wounded at Gommercourt and, as a result of wounds, eventually lost a leg
His rank was sergeant
1939 Register: Memorial Lodge, Crich
John I Woolley b.24 December 1897; caretaker and limestone quarry labourer, heavy work
Grace Woolley b.14 march 1902
Desmond Woolley b.4 October 1924; butchers errand bot
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John I Woolley married Grace Hutchinson in 1923 September qtr (Belper reg district)
|Elizabeth Ann||Woolley||housekeeper||35||Crich Carr|
|Charles Arthur||Walters||son of housekeeper||17||Coal miner||Crich|
|William||Woolley||son of housekeeper||10||Crich|
|Ellen||Woolley||daughter of housekeeper||9||Crich|
|Sarah||Woolley||daughter of housekeeper||8||Crich|
|John Isaac||Woolley||son of housekeeper||3||Crich|
|Infant son||son||3 weeks||Crich|
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|Elizabeth Ann||Martin||wife||45||Crich Carr|
|William||Woolley||step son||20||Labourer, railway||Crich|
|Sarah||Woolley||step daughter||18||Stainer in cotton spinning works||Crich|
|John Isaac||Woolley||step son||13||Delver in stone quarry||Crich|
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