One of Winona's best known and most highly regarded residents, Frederick Swan Woodcock, died last Wednesday in Haliburton in his 76th year.
Born in Petworth, Surrey, England, December 12, 1876, he served as a permanent force soldier in the South Wales Borderers throughout the South African War. Coming to Canada with his wife, he entered the employ of E.D.Smith & sons in 1908.
He accompanied Second Lieutenant Armand Smith (now Brigadier Smith) to Niagara Camp with the 77th Regiment in 1909 and enlisted under Brig. Smith's command in the 20th Battalion, C.S.F., in 1914. He served throughout World War I as sergeant-postman of the 20th Battalion. On his return to Canada, he was in the service of Armand Smith until he retired a few years ago.
A great Britisher, he was extremely loyal to the Crown and a very strong Anglican churchman. He took a very active part in the Winona branch of the Canadian Legion in which he had filled several offices.
His only son, Frederick Woodcock, now of Toronto, blinded and taken prisoner at Dieppe while serving as a captain in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, is now with the C.N.I.B. as national director of War Blinded Services for Canada. Thursday morning Brig. Smith said: "One could never expect to have a more loyal supporter and friend than Sergeant Woodcock has been to me over all these many years."
Mr. Woodcock's wife, the former Mary A. Lintott, predeceased him and his only survivor, besides his son, is a sister, Mrs. Sylvia A. Dale, in England.