Sol­dier died at home

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Ruther­glen sol­dier who died from his wounds in France was given an hon­orary fu­neral ser­vice in his home town this time a cen­tury ago.

Pri­vate Thomas Woods, who served with the Irish Guards, was se­ri­ously in­jured in France and de­spite re­turn­ing to home soil, suc­cumbed to his wounds.

A fu­neral ser­vice was held in Ruther­glen where Pri­vate Woods was given a send-off fit­ting for a war hero.

The Ruther­glen Re­former re­ported at the time:“The re­mains of Pri­vate Thomas Woods, Irish Guards, who died at Cardiff on Oc­to­ber 13 from wounds re­ceived in France were in­terred in Ruthe­glen Ceme­tery on Satur­day last with Ma­sonic hon­ours.

“The fu­neral pro­ces­sion from his res­i­dence at Cam­bus­lang Road, Ruther­glen, was headed by the Bridgeton This­tle Brass Band.

“There was a large turnout of the brethren of Lodge Royal Arch, No 116, and friends. The ser­vice at the grave­side was con­ducted by Bro John Cadow, RWM, and Bro Dou­glas Clif­ford, chap­lain of Lodge 116.

“Three vol­leys were fired over the grave by a party from the Lo­cal Com­pany of Vol­un­teers, and the Last Post was sounded.”

Once again, the Re­former also paid trib­ute to three other Ruther­glen sol­diers re­cently killed in ac­tion. They were Se­cond Lieu­tenant Thomas Coats, of 65 Cam­bus­lang Road, Ri­fle­man G Top­ping, of 73 Stonelaw Drive, and Pri­vate John Wat­son, of 31 Ross­lyn Av­enue.

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