Woodhouse, Disney Charles

Chaplain to the Forces / Royal Sussex Regiment

1883 - 1916

Disney Charles Woodhouse was born 18 November 1883, the son of the Reverend Arthur Chorley Woodhouse, Rector of Winterbourne Monkton, Dorchester and later of Pampisford Vicarage, Cambridgeshire. His mother was Margaret Helen Woodhouse, daughter of William Morris of Windsor.

He came to Winchester College from Miss Sanderson's school at Cheltenham in January 1897 and was in I House, Turner's. We know little about his time at Winchester other than that he played cricket at house level.

He left Winchester in the summer of 1902 for Clare College, Cambridge, and took his degree with a second class in the Theological Tripos in 1905. He later won the Carus Greek Testament Prize and graduated a Bachelor of Divinity. He was ordained in 1906 and in 1909 was appointed lecturer at Bishop Wilson's Theological College, Isle of Man, of which he was afterwards principal.

In 1915, Woodhouse became the Candidates Secretary of the Church Missionary Society and the following January obtained a year's leave to take up a chaplaincy with the Forces. He served for four months at a Casualty Clearing Station in France and was then transferred to a battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment and went with them through the Battle of the Somme.

He contracted dysentery and died in hospital in Boulogne on 6 October 1916.

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