Young Woody and the Eaton Yammers
Always a "goer" he left the potato fields
forever and began "Ram Spotting", "Cloud Spotting" and finally his
most successful endeavor "Spot Spotting". Unfortunately for us, Woody's
records were lost in a Zeppelin raid in the early days of the war and we will never know
the full extent of his work.
Spotting a military motorbike parade in 1912 near the palace, Woody began a study of
things mechanical. Astutely deducing that the Royal Navy was "the bee's
knees". He enlisted in 1912 and was immediately recognized by his training
officers as "peculiar but probably excellent cannon fodder".
Posted to the aging battle ship, "Cornwallis" as powder monkey, Woody first
saw action during the evacuation of the Dardanelles. Staring at the open seas for
hours, his skill at observation was put to the test one night in 1915 at Kum Kale.
Staring across the harbor form the ship he spied men going into several of the local
establishments of pleasure. Noting the Captain among the men, he inadvertently
mentioned this fact to the visiting military intelligence officer. During the
ensuing closed door inquiry, Woody reaffirmed his observation and the Captain was severely