St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Arthur Eldred Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Arthur Eldred
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Annie Woolfries née Jeans
Edwin Woolfries
Harry Woolfries
Charles Woolfries
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset

Arthur Eldred Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 9th October 1892 and baptised there on 20th November 1892, the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Annie Woolfries (née Jeans).  He spent much of his early life in and around Farnham.  He enlisted on 9th December 1915 but was not mobilized until 8th February 1916 when he joined the 1st Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 33851).   He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on 9th September 1916 (Service No. 21227) then on three other occasions to 10th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (14th November 1916) (Service No. 33065), the Northumberland Fusiliers (14th July 1917) (Service No. 55155) and finally the 683rd Agricultural Company of the Labour Corps (20th February 1918) (Service No. 528523).  Throughout his military service he was apparently based in the UK.  He was finally discharged on 3rd April 1919 and went back to his parents home in Farnham.  No medal records have been found in this case.  The 1921 Census shows him living with his sister at Sutton Steeple, Arne, Dorset, working as a Farm Labourer. By the 1939 Register he had moved to Stroud Farm, Sturminster, Dorset, and described as a Farmer. He apparently had moved to Meadow Farm, Trinity, Jersey, and was held on the Island following the German Invasion on 10 Jan 1941. He survived this experience but remained single throughout his life and eventually died 13 Mar 1961 back in Farnham, Dorset, being buried there at St. Lawrence Church on 16th March 1961.  Of his brothers Edwin Woolfries served but regrettably died at Gallipoli whilst Harry Woolfries and Charles Woolfries both served and survived.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Harry Woolfries
Edwin Woolfries