Hilliard Wood

Sep 1, 1896

Born in Port Hope, Ontario to Joseph and Louisa Wood


Jun 6, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion in the Oxney Camp, Bordon, England

Ø  Number 724304

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Louisa Wood, mother, Minden, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

The attestation papers were originally dated August 16, 1916 but that date was changed to June 6, 1916.  Even though the location of attesting is given as the Oxney Camp, Bordon, England, it is clear that Private Wood sailed from Canada with the battalion on July 23, 1916.


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, near Longmoor, Hampshire


Aug 16, 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Haver, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Wood joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France


Apr 16, 1917

Admitted to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of his left foot


Apr 26, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Apr 29, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 Large Rest Camp in Boulogne to continue his recovery


May 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and arrived at the base depot in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


May 14, 1917

Private Wood rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Aux Rietz, France


Aug 17, 1917

Proceeded on course (course type not specified)


Nov 21, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Nov 29, 1917

Admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester while on leave to England.  He was first diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) but this was changed to VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 6, 1918

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


May 15, 1918

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 6, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Sep 4, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Sep 11, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Wood joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve on the Droucourt Queant Line near Cagnicourt, France


Oct 11, 1918

The 21st Battalion was part of the attack on and liberation of the town of Iwuy, France and Private Hilliard Wood was killed south the town during that attack.  He was later buried in the Niagara British Cemetery, Iwuy, France


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. L. Wood, Minden, Ontario


Hilliard Wood is honoured on the war memorial in Minden, Ontario



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