Edwin Wood


Jun 30, 1889

Born at Tonbridge Kent, England


Dec 16, 1915

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Gananoque Ontario 

Ø      Number 639268

Ø      Next of kin given as Florence Ethel Wood (wife) of Gananoque Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mason

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Shown on pay list for the 41st Regiment (Brockville Rifles)


Jan 1, 1916

Shown on pay list of the 156th Battalion


Mar 4, 1916

Promoted to the provisional rank of Sgt


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the 119th Battalion at Bramshott 

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Jan 9, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion at Witley


Feb 2, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl


Feb 28, 1918

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Mar 15, 1918         Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary on this date



Apr 14, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with shrapnel wounds to right leg and foot 

Tibia and Fibula both noted as being fractured

 What follows was contributed by his grandson, who says that his grandfather told him:

"My grandfather sat me down just before he died and told me a little bit about what it was like in the trenches. When he was wounded, he was on a machine gun and his buddy to the left was killed instantly by the shell which blew part of his foot off.  One of the other gunner's was covered in blood and screaming (thinking he had been hit).  My grandfather picked him up and carried him to the Battalion aid station where they pointed out to my Grandfather that his leg (and foot) appeared to be in fairly poor shape and proceeded to treat him.  The other fellow who my Grandfather carried wasn't hit -- he had blood on him from the fellow that was killed and my grandfather.

Upon reading his medical records, I don't know how he managed that feat but that story was something my grandfather told me and used to laugh about.  Perhaps he was in shock?   Or maybe it was how he wanted me to remember him.  I prefer the story he told me anyway


Apr 17, 1918

Transferred to No 10 General Hospital at Rouen


Apr 25, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Essequibo


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 26, 1918

Admitted to Tooting Military Hospital, Church Lane, Tooting, London England


Jul 17, 1918

Transferred to Kingswood Convalescent Hospital at Bromley Kent


Aug 1, 1918

Transferred to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington 

Right foot noted as being infected


Nov 21, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) from Orpington Hospital 

Unable to determine length of time AWL or of any punishment from file provided


Apr 29, 1919

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


May 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Megantic at Liverpool



Jun 3, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City and proceeded to Kingston Ontario 

TOS MD #3 (Military District) at Kingston Ontario and posted to the Casualty Company at Queen’s Military Hospital


Jun 4, 1919

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital at Kingston 

Granted leave with subsistence until June 19, 1919


Aug 20, 1919

Medical Board at Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario notes: 

Ø      Weakness in right foot, with limited movement of toes and ankle

Ø      Right leg shortened by 1” as a result of shrapnel wounds

Ø      Unable to put full weight on right foot

Ø      Foot is painful at all times

Ø      Walks with a cane

Ø      Board recommends discharge as Medically Unfit, with pensionable disability


Aug 22, 1919

Discharged to the Casualty Company


Aug 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario as Medically Unfit 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 26 Dufferin St, Kingston Ontario

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214026

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number 55927


May 10, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal despatched to 26 Dufferin St, Kingston Ontario


Apr 27, 1968



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