William Jeffrey Wood

With thanks to Carol Cannon for the research

Mar 8, 1891

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to William and Euphemia (nee Fleming) Wood


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60096 (temporary number 818)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. William Wood, father, First Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Accountant

o   Later noted as Railway Accountant

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

William’s brother, David Gordon Wood attested into the battalion the same day

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


Dec 4, 1914

Admitted to hospital in Kingston for tonsillitis and discharged as recovered the next day


Mar 28, 1915

Forfeited 3 day’s pay for being absent from March 26 to March 28, 1915


Apr 5, 1915

Sentenced to 1 day’s Detention for an unrecorded offence


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. Seriol in Folkestone, England



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 17, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1, for being absent from camp and drunk.


May 14, 1916

William’s brother David, died of wounds he received on the Ypres Salient at the No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station


July 3, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) from 10 am July 1, 1916 to 8 am July 3 and forfeits 3 days pay


Aug 11, 1916

Wounded at St. Eloi, Belgium and sustained shrapnel wounds to the left thigh causing a compound fracture of the left femur. Also received injuries to the right femur and right arm. 

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transferred to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Poperinge, Belgium


Aug 15, 1916

Transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux and was operated on four times to clean infected wound and try to save leg.


Aug 21, 1916

Leg became gangrenous and upper left leg was amputated 6” to 8” above the knee.


Aug 25, 1916

Is reported as being seriously ill


Aug 30, 1916

Is reported as being dangerously ill


Sep 3, 1916

Is reported as dangerously ill


Sep 14, 1916

Invalided to England via the Hospital Ship St. David


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bramshott Military Hospital

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


Sep 15, 1916

Condition listed as improved


Jan 12, 1917

Transferred to Bear Wood Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Wokingham. Wound has healed well and he is listed as eating and sleeping well and learning to use crutches.


Jan 25, 1917

Appeared before a Medical Board at Bear Wood where it was recommended that he be invalided to Canada


Mar 10, 1917

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


Mar 12, 1917

Discharged from Bearwood Hospital, Wokingham and sailed from Liverpool to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Letitia



Mar 23, 1917

Arrived in Halifax, and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Mar 29, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Bone on amputation site is exposed and discharging

Ø  Stump is very painful

Ø  Requires further surgery

Ø  Board recommends he be transferred to Toronto for further treatment


Apr 1, 1917

Arrived in Kingston, Ontario and admitted to the Richardson Convalescent Home




Apr 2, 1917

Transferred to the Fleming Convalescent Home in Ottawa, Ontario


May 14, 1917

Medical Board in Ottawa suggests an operation as the amputation is not healing properly and there is dead bone present.


May 16, 1917

Had re-amputation in Ottawa Hospital


Jul 3, 1917

Transferred to the Fleming Convalescent Home


July 11, 1917

Transferred to Fettercairn Convalescent Home near Chaffey’s Lock, Ontario


Aug 1, 1917

Healed and in good condition


Oct 5, 1917

Transferred to the “D” Unit in Kingston


Oct 11, 1917

Transferred to the North Toronto Military Hospital


Oct 24, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the North Toronto Military Hospital


Jan 3, 1918

Admitted to the North Toronto Military Hospital as an in patient


Mar 14, 1918

Has been fitted for and is wearing artificial leg


Apr 2, 1918

Artificial leg does not seem to be satisfactory


Apr 18, 1918

Taken On Strength No. 2 Discharge Depot, Toronto


May 11, 1918

Granted leave with Subsistence


May 27, 1918

Returned from leave


Aug 1, 1918

Granted leave with Subsistence


Aug 14, 1918

Returned from leave

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) from 11pm this date, until noon August 31, 1918 and was admonished. 

Forfeited 18 days pay and allowances for his absence


Sep 28, 1918

Transferred to the Spadina Hospital in Toronto.  Complains of cough which has been getting worse over the last 6 months but no tuberculosis present. Condition Bronchitis


Oct 4, 1918

Medical Board at the Davisville Military Hospital states he is medically unfit for service


Oct 11, 1918

Transferred to the Toronto Military Convalescent Hospital


Oct 19, 1918

Discharged from the C.E.F. in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Entitled to 1 Gold Wound Stripe

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 144 First Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 4½ Henry St., Ottawa, Ontario


Apr 3, 1919

Married to Mary Mann in Ottawa, Ontario


Jun 4, 1950

William Jeffrey Wood died in hospital in Ottawa of a Cerebral Hemorrhage from an accident.  

Buried in the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa. At the time of his death he was listed as a Civil Servant.




This grave marker is a bit unusual in that it only shows the
family names and does not include the given names.
However, the cemetery records do confirm that William is
buried in this grave.  Note that it also pays tribute to his
brother David who is buried in Belgium

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