Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold
Name / Enw: Wood, James
Regiment/Catrawd: South Wales Borderers (Formally RWF)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Confusing as number differs slightly on different sources. Private 3/28454 or 28545 (formerly 3419)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Amara War Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: XVIII C. 16
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Iraq
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War Medals
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Death Killed in Action 15th January 1917
James Wood was born in 1891 in Buckley Flintshire. The 1891 census records him as a baby living with his family in The Square, Argoed, Buckley, Flintshire. The family consisted of the father Henry Wood aged 37, a general labourer who had been born in Staffordshire, his wife Annie 33 and their 7 children George W 12, Arthur 10, Martha 8, Lizzie 6, Job 4, John 2 and finally James C 1 month.
The next census of 1901 finds the family living in Stanley Road Buckley. Henry, now aged 45 is a brickworks labourer. His wife Annie is44 and the children listed are George William 23 a coal miner, Job Henry 14 and a labourer at the brickworks, John 12,James 10, Bessie 7, Annie 4
Ten years on in the 1911 census, the family was still living in Stanley Road, Buckley. Listed at the house are Henry 55. He was a labourer at the Waterworks. Annie is 53, John 22 and a labourer at the brickworks, James was 20 and a collier (waggoning),Bessie 17 and a domestic servant and Annie was 14. Also with them is brother in law John Davies a 65 year old widower a labourer (bricksetter).
James married Catherine Hughes in 1913. The newspaper cutting below tells us they had three children. Catherine’s brother Robert William Price Hughes (R W Hughes) was also killed in the war, is listed on the Mold memorial and has his own page on this website.
It is Catherine who signed his Flintshire Roll of |Honour card (County Archives Hawarden). This card confused us as the regimental number and the death date were slightly different from those given in official sources.
Many thanks to Lisa Powell the great grandaughter of James Wood for pointing us in the right direction with this family story.