THE HEADSTONE OVER THE GRAVE OF CAPTAIN GEOFFREY WOOLLEY VC IN ST MARY'S CHURCHYARD, IN WEST CHILTINGTON, WEST SUSSEX, HAS BEEN CLEANED AND RESTORED.
9 MAY 2021

The headstone marking the burial plot of Captain Geoffrey Woolley VC OBE MC, in St Mary's Churchyard, West Chiltington, West Sussex, has been cleaned and restored back to its original state.

The task was completed by local man Steve Davis who also carried out restoration to the grave of Major General Henry Foote VC buried in the same churchyard.



Geoffrey Woolley's headstone:
before and after


For the award of the Victoria Cross.

[ London Gazette, 22 May 1915 ], Zwarteleen, Belgium, 20 - 21 April 1915, 2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey Harold Woolley, 9th ( County of London ) Bn, The London Regiment ( Queen Victoria Rifles )

For most conspicuous bravery on "Hill 60" during the night of 20th 21st April 1915.

Although the only Officer on the hill at the time, and with very few men, he successfully resisted all attacks on his trench, and continued throwing bombs and encouraging his men till relieved. His trench during all this time was being heavily shelled and bombed and was subject to heavy machine gun fire by the enemy.

Geoffrey Woolley was invested with his Victoria Cross by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 6th July 1915.


For the award of the Military Cross.

[ London Gazette, 3 June 1919 ], The Western Front, Captain Geoffrey Harold Woolley, 9th ( County of London ) Bn, The London Regiment ( Queen Victoria Rifles ).

The King's Birthday Honours of 1919. For actions in France and Flanders.


Geoffrey Woolley was the first Territorial officer to win the Victoria Cross. He was ordained as a priest after the First World War and served as a Chaplain of the Forces in North Africa during the Second World War.

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Iain Stewart, 9 May 2021