Remembering the Great War – Leslie Woodroffe

June 4th marks the date in 1916 when the third of the three Woodroffe brothers lost his life in the Great War. All three of them outstanding individuals, Leslie had gone from gaining first class honours in Classics at Oxford to becoming a schoolmaster at Shrewsbury. In 1915 he was involved in a counter-attack in which he was severely injured, the same action in which his younger brother Sidney died for which he was awarded a posthumous VC.

After months in hospital, Leslie recovered enough to return to the front, but soon afterwards was wounded by a shell and died a few days later. It is hard to imagine the grief of the parents to lose three such remarkable sons.

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