John Wesley Woodward was born in West Bromwich on September 11th, 1879, the youngest of ten children born to parents Joseph and Martha Woodward.
Known to all as Wesley, he became a professional musician, playing in Oxford, and Eastbourne. While in Eastbourne he joined the White Star Line musicians, playing on transatlantic ships.
On April 10th, 1912 he boarded the RMS Titanic at Southampton for her maiden voyage as a member of the orchestra. He used the Second Class ticket 250654 with the 7 other band members. They all died when the ship sank, famously continuing to play as the ship went down.
His body, if recovered, was never identified.