23222, Air Mechanic 2, Cyril W FLETCHER-WOODS
Aged 31

Royal Air Force
Died of Illness on Thursday 31st October 1918

Born in Stetchworth, Cyril Wilfrid Francis Fletcher WOODS in Q4-1887 [Newmarket 3b:502] to Charles Fletcher and Mary Elizabeth Jane Howse WOODS (née EMMOTT m.1880) (1st wife Mary Ann [née GEORGE m. 1865 d.?] ) of The Laurels, Mill Lane, Stetchworth.

1891 census...Cyril [3] was at The Laurels, Mill Lane, Stetchworth with his father Charles T. [54] architect/surveyor/journalist born Woburn, his mother Mary E [39] born Salisbury, his sister Eleanor [22] born Woburn, and brothers Rollo C.F. [9] born Wavedon, Bucks and Luriel {Lionel} [5] born Newmarket.

1901 census...Cyril [13] was at "Ellerslie", Rous Road, Newmarket with his father Charles Fletcher WOODS, now a journalist born Kingswood, Hampshire ? and his mother Mary. Brothers Rollo and Lionel were government clerks lodging at 32 Connaught Road, Harlesden. (the enumerator has moved Kingwood Beds to Hampshire !).His father died in 1905, his mother died in 1910.

1911 census...Cyril [23] was a turf correspondent lodging with Charles and Ada Wright at Alma Place, All Saints Road, Newmarket. Their son Ernest is here.

Cyril's brother Lieut. Lionel Hugh FLETCHER-WOODS was killed in action on 14th November 1916 but is not commemorated on the Newmarket Memorial. Lionel is however commemorated on the Roll of Honour of All Saints School. Lionel see here

His brother Rollo Charles married Edith Amy BRUCE in West Ham in 1911, and he drowned in the Thames near Kew Bridge on 15th May 1919.

FLETCHER is used variously as a given name or a hyphenated surname at various times and by various members of the family

The Cambridge Daily News of 9th November 1918 reported:-
"Pte.Cyril Woods, R.A.F. Mr. and Mrs. Woods, of Ingleside, Park Lane, Newmarket have received information that Pte. Cyril Woods, R.A.F., died in Lahore, India, on October 31st fro influenza. Mr. Cyril Woods was the son of Mr. Fletcher Woods, a well known vaticinator * in his day, who died about 16 years ago., and of Mrs Woods, a very highly respected resident of All Saints' who died about seven years ago. Mr Cyril Woods contributed racing articles to a number of newspapers, and had a considerable private clientele. He was a member of the Conservative Club and of the Beacon Lodge of Oddfellows. His brother, Lionel, gained a commission, and was killed in action in 1916. Mr. Cyril Woods was not married. One brother and one sister survive him. Death appears to have been sudden, for on Sunday last (November 3rd), Mrs. Wright received a letter from him in which he spoke cheerfully of coming home. Mr. Woods enlisted as a volunteer under the Derby scheme, and chose the Flying Corps, to which so many Newmarket men have been attracted."
* vaticinator was a person who foretold the future.

He joined up on 20th February 1916. At the time of the formation of the Royal Air Force on April 1st 1918 he was a Clerk (Stores) with the rank of Air Mechanic 2, his RAF rank becoming Clerk 2. Cyril died of influenza in Lahore, then in India, now Pakistan. He was buried in Lahore South Cemetery, but since CWGC can not guarantee maintenance, those buried there are now commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 memorial.

So far been unable to confirm his medal entitlement since this is not available on line and is held by the Air Ministry. From the dates and posting known it seems most probably "Mutt and Jeff" (British War Medal and Victory Medal).

Family plot in Newmarket Cemetery OG E:293

© Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Cyril is commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial
and also on the Roll of Honour of All Saints School, Newmarket
and his parents headstone in Newmarket cemetery (OG E293)

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