November 1845, the son of Rev. H.A. Woodgate, rector of Belbroughton,
Worcestershire. He entered the old 4th "King's Own", later
to be the Royal Lancaster Regiment, in 1865 and served with the regiment
in the Abyssinian Expedition of 1868 and was subsequently employed on
special service in the Ashanti War of 1873-4 where he was twice mentioned
in despatches. He had a distinquished career that culminated in commanding
the Lancaster Brigade under Sir Charles Warren's Division Landing in
Natal in December, 1899. Woodgate at once joined Buller's Force and
on 16th January 1900 crossed the Tugela with Warren in order to carry
out the attempted turning movement, which went disasterously wrong.
On the night of 23rd-24th January 1900, Woodgate occupied Spion Kop
and during the next day's fighting received a headwound from which later
died, despite all the surgeon's best efforts.