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Mick



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:33 am    Post subject: W W W. Woodcock Walk Wigan Reply with quote

Fallen solider honoured with street naming 100 years after being awarded Victoria Cross

A Wigan street is to be named after soldier Lance Corporal Thomas Woodcock this week, 100 years after he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

As part of the World War One Centenary commemorations, Wigan Council pledged to name streets after soldiers from Wigan Borough who were awarded the highest honour the country can give during The Great War.

At 11am on Friday 15th September, just days after the 100th anniversary since Lance Corporal Woodcock was awarded Victoria Cross, a ceremony will be held on the footpath in front of 166-174 Hardybutts where Woodcock Walk will be officially unveiled by his family.

A commemorative flagstone will also be uncovered at the ceremony, where Lance Corporal Woodcock’s grandaughter, Veronica Ashton, will make a short speech on behalf of his family.

Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council said: “We are extremely proud to say there were four soldiers in World War One and one soldier in World War Two from Wigan Borough who have been honoured with this prestigious award, the highest military medal, for their immense bravery and sacrifice for our country.

“Lance Corporal Woodcock showed immense bravery in rescuing a wounded colleague under a hail of enemy machine gun fire. As a council, we are proud of all those who have served and continue to serve our country in the armed forces in war and in peace but the exceptional gallantry of Thomas Woodcock needs to be recognised for future generations.”

School children from St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School will read poems they have written about Lance Corporal Woodcock to the crowd and Lieutenant Aprahanian, a representative from the Irish Guards and Tom Walsh, a local historian, will both say a few words before the last post is sounded.

As well as the street naming, Lance Corporal Woodcock has been honoured with a new artwork installation at nearby flats named after him.

Artist Mark Mennell worked with pupils from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School to produce the striking metal sculpture and glass mosaic at Woodcock House in Scholes.

The piece is based on the pupils’ drawings, photographs of old street scenes from the Scholes area and a portrait of Lance Corporal Woodcock.

The work has received the support of tenants, Lance Corporal Woodcock’s family as well as historian Terry Atherton.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about all of the other Woodcocks in Wigan, are they all named after this hero ...

Woodcock House
Woodcock Drive
Woodcosk Street
Woodcock Square
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This passageway and steps in 1958



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The man in the photo is my uncle Bert.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gordon, Woodcock House was named after the same Lance Corporal Thomas Woodcock VC of Scholes,
http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/communicate/mb_message.php?opt=f1&opt2=&msd=18305&offset=0&subject=Victoria%20Cross

So whether Woodcock Street was named after him or maybe a councillor I don't know. I initially hadn't read this in the article that Mick had copied and posted: As well as the street naming, Lance Corporal Woodcock has been honoured with a new artwork installation at nearby flats named after him. Artist Mark Mennell worked with pupils from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School to produce the striking metal sculpture and glass mosaic at Woodcock House in Scholes. The piece is based on the pupils’ drawings, photographs of old street scenes from the Scholes area and a portrait of Lance Corporal Woodcock.

Also worthy of a mention: Mannion House was named after Alderman John Patrick Mannion who did a great lot for the welfare of the folks of Scholes. http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/album/photo.php?opt=6&id=21392&gallery=Manion&offset=0


Uncle Bert.
I'd been speaking to Bert and Pete in Morrisons a short while before Pete died, the last time I spoke to Bert was at Pete's funeral as he himself died not much long after.

There were loads of folks at Bert's funeral at Westwood, I couldn't have begun to count them there were so many, even the cemetery staff came to look as they hadn't seen so many folks at a funeral before, he was after all a very popular bloke with relatives and with folks around town.
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