The following biography was written by Stephen Roberts with help from Derek Longman and Carol Hunter, who are both related to him.
George belonged to a working class Hoylake family whose maternal roots can be traced back to the parish of Woodchurch during the 17th century. He was a Cheshire Bantam who died during the third week of the Battle of the Somme.
George’s birth was registered in the January quarter of 1896 in Wirral. His parents were Charles Philip Woods (1868-1943) and Harriet Jane Sherlock (1870-1947). As many readers will be aware, Sherlock is a quintessential Wirral surname. According to the Henrician Lay Subsidy Roll of 1545, it was actually the joint ninth most common name in Wirral along with Coke/Cook and Forshaw. Public members’ family trees on the Ancestry.co.uk website inform us that George’s earliest known Sherlock ancestor was Richard (1674-1737) who married a bearer of another well known Wirral surname, Jane Silcock (1675-1737) of Woodchurch. Other surnames appearing in George’s Sherlock lineage include Jones, Linekar and Jessett. Continue reading