Philip Edward Woolley was the eldest son of Philip and Martha Woolley, born in Newton, Cheshire in 1893. In 1911, he is shown as working as a Cow Boy on Samuel Norbury’s farm in Mottram St Andrew.
On 12th January 1916, he attested into the South Lancashire Regiment, later transferring to the 66th Company of the Machine Gun Corps, giving his address as Hawthorne View, Great Warford and was given Regimental No: 74631.
He was posted to Salonica as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, where he became seriously ill with malaria, and was later invalided home.
He was awarded the British War Medal for serving in a theatre of war, or rendering service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.
He was awarded the Victory Medal for service in an operational theatre between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918. It was issued to individuals who received the 1914 and 1914-15 Stars and to most individuals who were issued the British War Medal.
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