Our item in focus today is that of the blues Uniform worn by the first Warden of Crich, Sergeant John Isaac Woolley known to many as Ike.
John saw active service during the First World War. Over the course of the war he received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His ribbons for these medals can be seen on the uniform itself below. He enlisted in March of 1916 and was posted to the 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, where he served for just over a year.
Ike’s time with the Sherwood Foresters was not without action and he unfortunately suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. As a result of which he spent time in numerous military hospitals. In April 1917 he was transferred to the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry where he again saw more combat, getting wounded again in September 1918.
Over the course of the war Ike suffered severe injuries, including being gassed and he eventually even lost one of his legs. These injuries however did not hold him back from serving his home town community of Crich in later life. In 1923 he became the first warden of the Crich Memorial Tower and held the post until 1970. During the Second World War he served his country again as the Commander of the Crich Home Guard. He also played a key role on the parish council as a Parish Councillor, a role he held for 30 years.
John Isaac Woolley died on the 7th April 1980, having lived a life dedicated to his country and his local community.