DescriptionNEWCASTLE SERGEANT KILLED IN ACTION. Sergeant Leopold Woods, of 13, Race Street, Newcastle was killed in action last week. He was employed by Messrs. Angus Sanderson and Company, and was quartered with the engineers in the Bull Park during the summer and subsequently at the Exhibition Buildings. He left Newcastle for Winchester, on January 2, preparatory to going to the front. Sergeant Woods leaves a widow and an infant son. Mrs. Woods reveived the following letter from Captain McQueen, R.E., Adjutant of teh Northumbrian Division, Royal Engineers:- Colonel Crawford directs me to write a\nd inform you that he has learned from Major Pollard, witht he greatest regret, that your husband, Sergeant Woods, ash been killed in action, and he begs to express to you his deepest sympathy in this loss. As I have not Major Pollard's letter by me, I am unable to tell you the date of this occurance, but Major Pollard in writing stated that Sergeant Woods was killed instantaneously by rifle bullet. Major Pollar speaks very highly indeed of your husband's services at the front. He says "he was one of the best" in his command and that he will feel his loss severely. Colonel Crawford hopes that the fact that your husband was doing such fine work for his country may in some measure help yourself and his relatives to sustain his loss. Official intimation of this has not yet been received in this office, but Corporal Crawford regrets that there can be no doubt to the correctness of the information he has received, and no doubt official intimation will be received in due course. Sergeant Woods was a most excellent non-commissioned officer. His loss will be severely felt, and is much regretted by all ranks. This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 20th of March 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see: http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt" >www.newcastle.gov.uk/tlt Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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