Ronald WOOLFENDEN MM
Rank: Private
Number: 5919
Unit: 20th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 18 August 1916
Age: 21
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery extension, Somme, France

Robert Woolfenden, a local solicitor, married Lillie Bell at St Paul's Church, Portwood in 1895. About a year later, they had twins but the daughter, Minnie, died soon after birth. When the Census was taken in 1901, the family was living at 38 Gorton Road, Reddish and Robert's practice was sufficiently successful for them to employ a live-in servant (22 year old Alice Dunn).

Ronald was educated at Stockport Grammar School, Elmfield College in York and, finally, at Manchester University. He then followed in his father's footsteps and became articled to Robert to train for the law. He enlisted in Manchester, in September 1914 and went overseas in the autumn of 1915. BY now the family was living at The Cottage on Reddish Road, Reddish.

On 23 June 1916, the local newspaper reported that he had undertaken an unknown act of bravery for which he as awarded the Military Medal. It would seem that he had been attached to the Royal Engineers at the time and may still have been in August, when he died. Ronald is buried in a Cemetery mainly used by an army field hospital at the time and, presumably, died there. The local newspaper reported that he had died of wounds, but army records published after the War use the designation "died", usually indicating a death from natural causes or accident.

   
           
   
     
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