The Woodforde Family
The Barony of Carleby
Woodford, the younger brother, died in 1694. He is described as `John of London’
suggesting that he returned to his mother’s family home (the Haunch
family) after his father’s
relatively early death.
John's `very valuable and elegant library' was sold at auction by
Leigh and Sotheby on 11 May 1809.
Peter Thellusson (1st Lord Rendelsham)
Thellusson's will offers confirmation of part of the Carleby pedigree. He is to be interred in the vault of Brodsworth Church in the County of York. He leaves his wife, Ann, 300 guineas and his property in Kent.
He also gives 300 guineas to both his brother-in-law, Revd Matthew Woodford, Archdeacon of Winchester, and to Emperor John Alexander Woodford.
The memorial plaque to Field Marshall Sir Alexander John Woodford in the Royal Garrison Church, Portsmouth reads:
The Europa Point Lighthouse, Malta
Europa Point is the southernmost tip of Gibraltar and the home to the Europa Point lighthouse. This lighthouse is the most southerly of all Trinity House lighthouses, being the only one outside the United Kingdom. It stands 49 metres above the High Water mark at the southernmost end of the Rock of Gibraltar.
The foundation stone was laid by Governor Sir Alexander Woodford on the 26th April, 1838, with the assistance of the Masonic Order in Gibraltar and was opened on 1 August 1841, attracting over 2000 onlookers from the surrounding countryside. It was automated in February 1994 and its loom can be seen over a distance of 27 kilometres.
Sir Alexander John Woodford GCB, GCMG
He married Charlotte Mary Anne Fraser who died 2 April 1870. They had at least three sons, Charles John Woodford who died in 1857 during the Indian Mutiny, John William Gordon Woodford who was born 23 November 1826 in Malta (his birth being registered by an army chaplain there in the following year), and his eldest son, the Revd Adolphus Woodford, who became a distinguished freemason based in London.
In 1800 he was exchanged and returned to England, and promoted by purchase to a Captain-Lieutenancy in the 9th Foot in the same year and exchanged into the Coldstream Guards as Lieutenant and Captain in 1800.
was appointed to the staff as Aide-de-Camp to Major General The Honourable
James Forbes, afterwards Lord Forbes, and was stationed at Ashford and
Dover forming part of the army assembled on the coast to repel the
threatened invasion of 1803.
In 1811, he joined the 1st Battalion serving under the Duke of Wellington in Portugal, and was present at the siege and capture of Cuidad Rodrigo, and with the corps covering the siege of Badjoz
commanded the light companies of the Guards at the battle of Salamanca, in
defence of the Arapiles, and was present at the capture of Madrid and the
siege of Burgos. Commanded the rearguard of the army in the retreat from
engaged as Senior Officer in the defence of Hougomont by the Duke of
Wellington's special order, from midday until night and entered France a
second time at the head of the Coldstream, at Malplaquet, as well as being
present at the capture of Paris. He served with the army of occupation for
three years at Cambray and embarked for England from Calais in 1818.
was furthermore appointed Colonel of the 40th Regiment and was President
of the Clothing Board for several years. He was President of the Crimean
Enquiry and wasas appointed Lieut-Governor of Chelsea in 1856 and Governor
in 1868, Colonel of the Scots Fusilier Guards in 1863 and Field
Marshall in the army in 1868.
William Seymour in "Decisive Factors in Twenty Great Battles of the World" (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1988) writes "so close was the fighting that Bull's guns were no longer able to give support, but the arrival of Colonel Woodford with his Coldstream battalion - less two companies - drove the French away from the gate."
A daughter, name unknown at this time, was
born on 8 January 1832 in Corfu. Sir Alexander was appointed Lord High
Commissioner of Corfu in 1832, but served in that role for just one year. The death, in Corfu, of Cosmo George Woodford, aged three
years `son of Major General Woodford' is recorded in the Bridgwater
Advertiser (Somerset) on 5 August 1833.
Major Charles John Woodford
The photograph below is from the Roger Fenton Crimean War Collection in the Library of Congress in Washington, and shows Charles John Woodford standing next to his horse in 1855, just two years before his death. The photographer was Fenton. Woodford is in the uniform of the Rifle Brigade.
Charles John Woodford was killed in action at Cawnpore on 28 November 1857 aged 34 years. A memorial at All Souls Church, Cawpore reads:
"Sacred to the memory of Major C.J. Woodford 2nd Batt Rifle Brigade killed in action before Cawnpore Nov. 28th 1857. This stone was erected to his memory by his brother officers."
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