Wood William

William Wood was born in Blanshard, Perth, Ontario on 31st January 1897.

The 1901 census for Canada on shows that the Wood family was  living in the District of Perth in the Province of Ontario. Head of the household was Alexander Wood  47,  who was born on the 6th October 1856 in Scotland. He had emigrated to Canada with his wife Margaret (Maggie) also born in Scotland, in 1880. Alexander was a Farmer by trade, he and his wife Maggie had seven children listed at home in 1901. They were, Jane, 19 born 11/8/1881, John, age 17 born 29/7/1883, James, age 15 born 10/2/1886, George, age 10 born 22/10/1891, David, age 7 born 24/8 1894, William, aged 4 was born on the 31st January 1897 and Annabell, age 2 born 21/10/1899.

I cannot trace the family on any census forms after 1901.

Williams army records tell us that he was drafted into the 1st Depot battalion of the Canadian Army on 26th October 1917 at Stratford, Ontario and had his medical on 28th March 1918 when he was described as being 5ft 5 ins tall with a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. He gave his father Alexander Wood as next of kin, address St. Mary’s Ontario, religion, Presbyterian, status, single and trade, Labourer.

Unfortunately William was reported missing on 29th April 1918 and as a result of this was captured on 19th June 1918 and sentenced to two years imprisonment. He was released from custody and transferred to 4th Reserve Battalion and embarked for England on  the same day aboard the S.S.Durham Castle, arriving in England on 25th Sept 1918 when he was posted to Whitley Army Camp to complete training. As it became apparent that the war was drawing to a close, William was transferred to Kinmel Army Camp in North Wales. Sadly William contracted Influenza there and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he became dangerously ill on 22nd October 1918 and died on 23rd October 1918.

All his possessions, medal, plaque and scroll were sent to his father.

(From Library of Canada Archives)

Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after theSadly William contracted Influenza and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he became dangerously ill on 22nd October 1918 and died on 23rd October 1918. end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.

William Wood is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan, North Wales.

He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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