St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Edwin Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Edwin
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Ann Cole Woolfries née Jeans
Arthur Eldred Woolfries
Harry Woolfries
Charles Woolfries
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Gallipoli, Turkey
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Stourpaine, Dorset

Edwin Woolfries was born in 1898 in Farnham, Dorset, and baptised at Stourpaine, Dorset, on 30th May, 1898. He was the son of Francis Woolfries, a Blacksmith, and Elizabeth Ann Cole Woolfries (née Jeans). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, a scholar and living in the family home at Farnham, Blandford, Dorset. He enlisted in Blandford as a Private with the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 11095). He served at Gallipoli and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 21st August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 136 to 139). He is remembered on the Farnham War Memorial. Edwin had three brothers who also served in the war, but survived: Harry (b.1891) with the Royal Field Artillery, Arthur Eldred (b.1892) who served with a number of different regiments and Charles (b.1885) who served with the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry.

  • Farnham War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Arthur Eldred Woolfries
Harry Woolfries