Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Alexander Richard Rolleston Woods, 56th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, was killed in action in Flanders.
Born into a military family, one of his grandfathers was General Sir A. Taylor R.E., his uncle Major Neville C. Taylor of Lumsdens Horse who fought in the Boer Wars. After winning two scholarships and the Wellesley Exhibition, Lieutenant Woods attended Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. He was commissioned in August of 1914 after the outbreak of the Great War, and promoted to the rank of lieutenant five days before his death.
He was killed while repairing a pontoon bridge at Ypres, and his commanding officer wrote of him: “Rarely has an abler man entered the service. He was a most excellent and promising young officer and would, I am certain, had made a name for himself had he been spared. Personally I and all his brother officers esteemed and liked him immensely. He died doing his duty very gallantly, and what better epitaph can any of us wish for?” He is buried in the White House Cemetery at St. Jean-les-Ypres in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Alexander, from Englefield Green in Surrey, was 20 years old.