Major-General Sir Edward Robert Prevost Woodgate

Born November 1845, the son of Rev. H.A. Woodgate, rector of Belbroughton, Worcestershire. He entered the old 4th "King's Own", later to be the Royal Lancaster Regiment, in 1865 and served with the regiment in the Abyssinian Expedition of 1868 and was subsequently employed on special service in the Ashanti War of 1873-4 where he was twice mentioned in despatches. He had a distinquished career that culminated in commanding the Lancaster Brigade under Sir Charles Warren's Division Landing in Natal in December, 1899. Woodgate at once joined Buller's Force and on 16th January 1900 crossed the Tugela with Warren in order to carry out the attempted turning movement, which went disasterously wrong. On the night of 23rd-24th January 1900, Woodgate occupied Spion Kop and during the next day's fighting received a headwound from which later died, despite all the surgeon's best efforts.


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