George Ernest Wood

Family photos supplied by his grandson, Rob Wood and reproduced with his permission

Photo edited by John Sargeant and Rob Wood


Training at West Sandling Camp


Summary of Service Record



Jun 25, 1894

Born at Osnabruck Centre Ontario


Dec 17, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60093 (temporary number 1178)

Ø      Next of kin given as George C Wood (father) of Box 80, Moulinette Ontario

o       Note made to also notify Rev GC Wood, Merrickville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

Ø      Note on medical certificate states “should have light duty every three weeks”


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, hear Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Oct 20, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Tonsillitis and discharged to duty the same day


Dec 19, 1915

Suffered a gas attack while in the trenches.  Was not hospitalized. 

The Battalion’s war diary notes it as a minor event and recorded no casualties, although made mention of several men suffering from sore eyes and throat


Mar 1, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA with Chilblains in both feet


Mar 4, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to right arm 

A later notation shows him being admitted to the same hospital on this date with Trench Feet.  It is most likely that he was treated for both problems.


Mar 11, 1916

Discharged to duty


Mar 12, 1916

Rejoined 21st Battalion from hospital 

Granted leave until June 19, 1916


Jun 19, 1916

Granted 1 day extension to leave


Jun 21, 1916

At duty from leave 

Medical Board declares him unfit for General Service for 2 months 

Still in distress after recovering from Influenza


Jan 2, 1917

Granted Temporary Commission as Lieutenant and posted to the 21st Battalion


Jan 7, 1917

Proceeded on Course at the Divisional School


Jan 25, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 4, 1917

Granted extension of leave until February 25, 1917 in England and noted as “in quarantine”


Feb 25, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) 21st Battalion and transferred to the General List, and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Mar 27, 1917

Admitted to No 15 Northern General Hospital in Leicester with Influenza and Gastritis


Apr 28, 1917

Discharged from hospital and leave granted until May 20, 1917 on recommendation of Medical Board


May 21, 1917

SOS the General List and transferred to the EORD


Jun 14, 1917

Married to Ida (maiden name not noted) with Commanding Officer’s consent 

Wife’s residence Surrey Lodge, the Crouch, Seaford, Sussex, England, later changed to 215 Charles St., Belleville Ontario, then changed to Arnprior Ontario


Oct 31, 1917

Ceases to be attached to CTS (Canadian Training School) on proceeding to 6th Reserve Battalion 

There was no mention in the file of when he was attached to the school


Nov 6, 1917

SOS the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on returning to Canada for instructional duty 

TOS the CEF in Canada and attached to the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) at Kingston 

Embarked the SS Olympic at Liverpool England



Nov 14, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 31, 1919

Admitted to Kingston General Hospital complaining of headache and general malaise, throat sore and inflamed, and nauseated.


Feb 4, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Feb 12, 1919

SOS 1st Depot Battalion EOR and transferred to the Hospital Section No 3 DD (District Depot) at Kingston


Feb 13, 1919

TOS #3 DD 

Examined by Medical Board at Barriefield Kingston for Gastritis


Mar 21, 1919

Medical Board at Barriefield classified him C3

C3 would be fit for service in Canada only 


Mar 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario, on General Demobilization


May 4, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Arnprior Ontario


4 generations of the men in the Wood family

Below is a photo of his service revolver as supplied by his grandson John Wood


Pinecrest Cemetery
Ottawa Ontario


Lieut Wood maintained a diary while in service.  Unfortunately only a portion of that diary has survived.  These links are for the surviving portion covering the period from pre-enlistment to October 30, 1915

Pre Enlistment

Kingston to England

Into the Trenches

Pondering His Faith


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