Second World War North Africa Eighth Army, Palestine Jewish Revolt and Efficiency Decoration group awarded to Lieutenant Colonel K.F. Woodham, Royal Signals, Territorial Army, who was a long serving Territorial, being commission in May 1926 with the 42nd (East Lancashire) Divisional Signals, as a Section Commander he twice won The Roberts Cup in 1928 and 1931, and later as a Company Commander he twice won the 42nd Divisional Signals TA Inter-Company Trophy in 1936 and then 1939. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and placed in command of the 66th (Lancashire and Border) Divisional Signals in 1939 to 1940, he then reverted to Major at his own request in order most probably to serve with the 59th (Staffordshire) Divisional Signals Company and later Eighth Army Signals, being restored to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in January 1943. Awarded the Efficiency Decoration in October 1943, he later saw service post-war in Palestine during the Jewish Revolt.
Group of 6: 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp; Defence Medal; War Medal; General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 1st type bust, 1 Clasp: Palestine 1945-48; (LT.COL. K.F. WOODHAM. R.SIGS.); Efficiency Decoration, GVI 1st type cypher, reverse dated 1943, engraved: ‘LT.COL. K.F. WOODHAM’, and with three additional award bars, all GVIR cyphers, all undated. Mounted swing style as worn.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Kingston Francis Woodham was born on 14th December 1900 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, the son of Albert Frances Woodham, an engineering draughtsman, and his wife, Margaret Sarah Woodham. As of 1911 the family were still living in Barrow-in-Furness, he being the only child, and Woodham later went on to become a long serving pre-war Territorial Army officer. Having been a Cadet with the Denstone College Contingent of the Junior Division Officer Training Corps, at Denstone College in Denstone, near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, he was subsequently commissioned on 20th May 1926 as a 2nd Lieutenant (No.35231) into the Royal Signals for service with the 42nd (East Lancashire) Divisional Signals. In 1928 as a 2nd Lieutenant in command of K Section, 42nd (East Lancashire) Divisional Signals had won The Roberts Cup, this being the second year in which the trophy had been presented.
Then having been promoted to Captain on 14th July 1930, in 1931 when a Captain in command of B Section, he had once again won The Roberts Cup. In 1936 as a Captain and Company Commander of No.3 Company, had won the 42nd Divisional Signals TA Inter-Company Trophy, and would do so again in 1939 when a Major in command of No.1 Company. However in 1939, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was appointed to the command of the 66th (Lancashire and Border) Divisional Signals, a unit of the short lived 66th Division.
Following the Munich Crisis, the Territorial Army was doubled in size. Once again, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division formed 66th Division as its duplicate, it had done so during the Great War, and this reformed division became active with its own signals (66th (Lancashire and Border) Divisional Signals) on 28th September 1939, with Woodham appointed to command. As of 1939, Woodham is shown was residing in Borden, Cheshire. After mobilisation, the 42nd (EL) Division moved to Hungerford for training, and then embarked for France on 12th April 1940 to join the British Expeditionary Force. Meanwhile, the 66th Division, remained at home, and only had a very short life, being disbanded on 22nd June 1940 and its units dispersed. The divisional signals unit, however, was kept together and transferred to 59th Staffordshire Infantry Division, which, despite its title, had been formed as the second line duplicate of 55th West Lancashire Division. 59th Division's original Lancashire-raised signal unit had been sent to the Middle East, where it eventually became Eighth Army Signals.
Woodham, who during the transfer period had remained in command of the 66th (Lancashire and Border) Divisional Signals, however then subsequently reverted to Major at his own request on 15th February 1941, and may well have done so in order to go out to North Africa with the 59th Staffordshire Infantry Division as part of the 59th (Staffordshire) Divisional Signals Company, and went on to serve with the Eighth Army Signals.
Woodham was subsequently restored to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 1st January 1943, and was awarded the Efficiency Decoration in the London Gazette for 21st October 1943. Woodham went on to see service post-war in Palestine during the Jewish Revolt, and eventually retired from the Active List in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 12th September 1950, and then ceased to belong to the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers on his ‘having exceeded the age limit’ on 7th January 1956. Woodham latterly lived in Sevenoaks, Kent, where he died on 21st January 1964.