Family story contributed by Brian Gudgeon
Frank Woodger was born on 24 March 1887, to Thomas Woodger and Emma Woodger (nee Sink), in Ockham. He was baptised on 26 June that same year, at St Mary’s Church, Byfleet. By the time of the 1901 Census, the family had moved to 2 Sidney Cottage, Poplar Drive, New Malden, with Frank working as a Page Boy. In 1910, he married Annie Burningham in late 1901, at Croydon Registry Office. The couple lived at 26 Warren Road, Croydon, while Frank worked as a Nurseryman.
In the First World War, Frank served in the 3rd Battalion, London Regiment and the Labour Corps. He enlisted on 27 March 1916, and was eventually discharged on 23 September 1919, as a result of injuries sustained during his service; he had a pronounced limp as a result of his injuries.
At the time of the 1939 Register, Frank and Annie were living at 45 Windmill Road, Croydon, with Frank employed as a Gardener. Sadly, Annie died not long after the recording of this document, in 1943. Frank remarried a year later: he and Mary Amelia Hodge (Millie) had both suffered the loss of their first spouse (Millie’s first husband, Alfred, had died in 1933). It was a brief marriage, as Frank died in 1953.
Read the story of Mary Hodge’s first husband, Alfred Day: https://www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk/story/alfred-wilton-day/