John Albert Wood

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Jun 26, 1895

Born in Flinton, Ontario to Lewis and Catherine “Cynthia” Ellen (nee Parks) Wood 

His father, William Lewis Wood, died July 26, 1903 in Kaladar, Ontario


Dec 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 60094

Ø      Next of kin given as Cynthia Freeburn, mother, Flinton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Fireman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries 

He served as a Drummer in the Pipe Band and as such, while in combat, he was employed as a stretcher bearer assisting the wounded


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 14, 1916

During fighting at the St Eloi Craters, Private Wood was wounded and evacuated first to a field ambulance for first aid, then to a casualty clearing station for treatment.  A transfer followed to a general hospital near the coast of France.


Sep 13, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital

After his recovery in hospitals in England he was transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and employed as an instructor


Sep 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 2, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion and joined them at the front shortly after his arrival. 

At this time he was assigned to the Quartermaster Stores Section and would have remained out of front line action for the remainder of the war


Nov 6, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the post war occupying force and proceeded to Seigburg


Mar 14, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) pending returning to Canada for service with the Military Police

While in Seaford he was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


May 6, 1919 Embarked the SS Scotian in Liverpool


May 15, 1919 Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jul 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

His rank on discharge was Lance Corporal 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him in Flinton, Ontario

Shown above prior to his discharge


Jul 21, 1924

Married to Julia Eva Champagne in Flinton, Ontario 

His religion is noted as Roman Catholic




May 9, 1940

Attested into the Canadian Active Service Force in Trenton, Ontario 

Ø      Number C40597

Ø      Next of kin given as Julia Eva Wood, wife, Flinton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø      Previous military service given as Dec 16, 1914 to July 9, 1919 in the CEF

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Detachment, 1st Battalion, Midland Regiment in Trenton 

On attestation he stated that he had 4 children, Monica 15, Nora 13, Raymond 11 and Joseph 10, all shown below.  He also stated that his mother was alive and living in Manville, Alberta and that his father was no longer alive


Aug 8, 1940

Assigned to Arsenal Guard in Lindsay, Ontario and promoted to rank of Acting Corporal


Aug 29, 1940

Promoted to rank of Acting Sergeant


Oct 17, 1940

Transferred to the “C” Detachment, Kingston, Ontario District Depot No. 3.  He is shown below paying his respects to the 21st Battalion Memorial in Kingston's City Park


Oct 19, 1940

Authorized to draw Subsistence Allowance


Oct 29, 1940

Confirmed in rank of Sergeant


Nov 11, 1940

Granted leave until November 24


May 12, 1941

Appointed to position of Acting Company Sergeant Major with the rank of Warrant Officer 2nd Class


Feb 28, 1942

Discharged from the Canadian Active Service Force in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge CSM (Company Sergeant Major)

Ø      Reason for discharge Overage

Ø      Clothing allowance of $35.00 granted

Ø      Entitled to Rehabilitation Grant 

Following the war the CVSM (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal) and War Medal 1939-45 were issued to him


 Feb 11, 1974

John Albert Wood died of Cancer in Kingston, Ontario and was buried in the St. Carthagh’s Cemetery, Tweed, Ontario




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