William Wood

Thank you to Carol Cannon for the research

Oct 24, 1882

Born in Lancashire, England to James and Elizabeth Wood            (nee Waterworth)


Nov 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 60095 (temporary number 700)

Ø  Next of kin given as his mother Mrs. E. Wood, Yorkshire, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Weaver

Ø  Previous military experience 6 years with the Lancashire Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.




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


Jun 6, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days detention and forfeits 6 days pay for being absent from May 28 to June 2


Jul 13, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days detention and forfeits 5 days pay for being absent from July 7 to July 11


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jul 3, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent from July 1 to July 3


Jul 14, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunneling Company for duty


Dec 18, 1916

Ceases to be attached to the 1st Canadian Tunneling Co. on return to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 14, 1917

Granted permission to marry Mary Maria Waterworth


Jun 21, 1917

Returned to duty from leave


Aug 1, 1917

Attached to the Maroc Town Major as his Batman


Feb 18, 1918

Rejoined from attachment to Town Major


Feb 26, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 16, 1918

Next of kin changed to read Mrs. W. Wood, 59 Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, England


Mar 18, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Apr 8, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 1 for when on escort duty in Paris not complying with an order


Aug 26, 1918

During fierce fighting south of Arras, France, Private Wood received a shrapnel wound to his left arm and was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where he was assessed and then transferred to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples


Aug 29, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Horton County of London War Hospital in Epsom

Transferred to the E.O.R.D. (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 10, 1918

Discharged from Hospital as healed and transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Oct 21, 1918

Discharged from hospital – healed and on command to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot, Whitley


Dec 18, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 27, 1918

On command Military District No. 12, Kinmel Park pending dispatch to Canada


Jan 18, 1919

Embarked from Liverpool on the H.M.T Aquitania



Jan 24, 1919

Disembarked Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Regina, Saskatchewan and posted to the Military District No. 12 Casualty Company in Regina


Jan 31, 1919

Granted leave until February 13, 1919


Feb 19, 1919

Discharged from the CEF on de-mobilization in Regina, Saskatchewan

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 67726

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Crooked River, Saskatchewan

Ø  Entitled to wear 1 gold wound stripe and 4 blue chevrons

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Crooked River, Saskatchewan


Nov 22, 1949

Passed away from Leukemia while a patient in the Saskatoon Veterans Hospital and was buried in the Bjorkdale Cemetery, Bjorkdale, Saskatchewan, Canada


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