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  • Name: Sidney Clayton WOODROFFE
  • D.O.B: 17th December, 1895
  • D.O.A: 30th July, 1915
  • D.O.D: 30th July, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own), 41st Brigade, 14th Division

Hooge, near Ypres, Belgium 30 July 1915

30 July 1915

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The First World War 1915 

On 30 July 1915 at Hooge, east of Ypres, 8th Battalion The Rifle Brigade had just taken over a section of trenches when at about 3.15am the Germans attacked. A two- or three-minute bombardment was followed by the Germans deploying ‘liquid fire’, their first use of flamethrowers. Under cover of the flames and smoke German bombers then stormed the British line. Second Lieutenant S C Woodroffe’s platoon had been unaffected by the flame throwers and fought off the attempts of the bombers. However they were almost cut off by the German advance and Woodroffe managed to withdraw the platoon to British lines by way of the Menin Road. At 2.45pm the British mounted a major counter-attack but the preceding bombardment had made little impression on the enemy and Woodroffe was among the many attackers to be killed, shot while cutting through enemy barbed wire.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on the 30th July, 1915, at Hooge. The enemy having broken through the centre of our front trenches, consequent on the use of burning liquids, this Officer’s position was heavily attacked with bombs from the flank and subsequently from the rear, but he managed to defend his post until all his bombs were exhausted, and then skilfully withdrew his remaining men. This very gallant Officer immediately led his party forward in a counter-attack under an intense rifle and machine-gun fire, and was killed whilst in the act of cutting the wire obstacles in the open. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 3 September 1915. 6 September 1915, Numb. 29286, p. 8839

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