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Woodward, John Wesley
1879-1912

Musician, born 11 September 1879 at West Bromwich, the youngest son of Joseph Woodward, a leading member of Hill Top WM chapel and a manager of the Holloware Iron Foundry, Hill Top. Brought up a Methodist, he attended Wesley Sunday School. The family later move to Headington, Oxford. As a cellist he moved the Eastbourne to join the Duke of Devonshire’s Band, also playing in the Eastbourne Municipal Orchestra and that of the Grand Hotel. About 1909 he joined the White Star Line and was one of the eight musicians on the Titanic who played as it sank on 15 April 1912. His body was never recovered. There are memorials to him at All Saint’s, Headington, and on the front at Eastbourne near the bandstand.

His brother Thomas became well known as a tenor and sang in the Magdalen College choir.

See also Hartley, Wallace

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