Personal and family information:
Robert Wollard [Woollard] was baptised at St Laurence Church, Blackmore, on 23rd September 1894.
His parents were William Walter and Lavinia Hetzebiah Woollard. [ERO 266/1/11]
named in the Sunday School Admissions Register as “Age 23.9.1894" with
surname written Wollard .
census records that James was born in Blackmore, along with 2 brothers and a
sister. Brothers George and William,
both also on the Memorial, served too, though not in the RAF.
& 1922 Electoral Roll: Recorded residence is in Brentwood Road but is an “Absent voter” [ERO C/E
2/1/3 & ERO C/E 2/1/5].
A daughter, Mabel Constance Woollard, was
baptised at Blackmore on 13th
March 1921 (born 13th January 1921). James’ profession is described as ‘Airman’.
Weaver, whose great uncle was James wrote (28.2.2010), “Jim Woollard went on
to be a local councillor hence the naming of Woollard Way”.
Directory 1937: Newsagent, Petrol filling station & motor engineer.
Robert Woollard (known also as Jim) of Blackmore Cottage, died aged 67 and was
buried in the family grave in Blackmore churchyard on 26th
(having died on 19th July 1962).
His daughters, Joy Kathleen Woollard who died in the Second World War was
buried on 14th November 1943. She was 21 years old. Ethel Lillian Woollard died, age 4, on 21st
September 1923 (buried 27th September 1923).
James’ widow, Ethel Louisa Woollard, died
on 30th August 1972.
Although commemorated on the family grave there is no entry in the
Burial Register. [Burial Register held in church safe].
J. Woollard. – A tribute to Councillor J. Woollard was paid at Tuesday’s
meeting of the Rural Council by chairman Councillor E. G. Cooke. He said Councillor Woollard had been a
member for 16 years. “Our Council are very much the poorer by the passing of
this sincere and conscientious gentleman. The Council will be the poorer by
his passing, but I feel sure that we as individuals are richer for having had
association with him.” Everyone in the council chamber stood in silence for a
2. FUNERAL OF RURAL COUNCILLOR.
Mr. J. R. Woollard.
Many people attended the funeral service at Blackmore Church of
Councillor J. R. Woollard of Blackmore, whose death was reported last
The service was conducted by the Rector, the Rev. M. Knott, who paid tribute to the work and life of Councillor Woollard.
Among those present were the Chairman of Epping and Ongar Rural
Council, Councillor E. G. Cooke, J.P., and the Vice-Chairman,
Councillor H. G. Waterman, together with nearly twenty members of the
council and officials.
The organ was played by a councillor colleague, Councillor Richard Reader.
Councillor Woollard was buried in the family grave. Family
mourners included: Mrs. E. Woollard, widow; Mr. and Mrs. T. E.
Mattocks, daughter and son-in-law, and their children Joy and Roger;
Mrs. A. Yardy, sister, and Mr. Yardy; Mr. C. Woollard, brother, and
Mrs. Woollard; together with more than twenty other relatives.
Funeral arrangements were by Mr. E. G. Roast, of Blackmore.