Arras Memorial

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 13/04/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps 59th Sqdn. and 4th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
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Additional Information:

Born 1893 at Stoke Newington, son of Arthur William (Clockmaker) and Julia Mary Wood. 1901 and 1911: A Scholar (1901) and Student (1911) with family at “Eversley” Grove Hill South Woodford. An Old Bancroftian. Obtained a Degree in History and French from University College London, and spent time abroad before securing a position teaching at Stamford Grammar School. He had married Hilda Newman of Stansted in 02-17, and his cousin was Sir Henry Wood of Queens Hall.

Having obtained a Commission in the Territorial Lincolnshire Regiment before the war, he joined his Regiment and deployed to France with them as a Bomb Officer. After a long time at the front he was appointed 2i/c the Grenade School at 2 Army HQ, and was mentioned in dispatches. He survived the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt. He returned to UK in 07-16 to train as an Observer with the RFC, and was sent back to France in early 1917 joining 59 Squadron. There he took on the roll of Mess Secretary.

On Friday 13-04 he left La Bellevue airfield in RE8 A3190 with Captain James Maitland Stuart, escorting a photo reconnaissance mission some 4 miles over the lines. They took off at 0815, and he was feared lost when the aircraft failed to return by 11.15. Two other aircraft were missing, making a total of five plus crews for the Squadron that day.

The airfield later reported that a German aircraft had dropped a message confirming that Wood had been Killed in Action over enemy lines. It emerged that he had been shot down near Vitry-Brebieres by Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen of Jasta 11.

Memorial: Rolls of Honour: St Mary’s Church. Bancroft’s School.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. The Bancroftian. Woodford Times. Under the Guns of the Red Baron, by Franks, Giblin and McCreery. 1914-1918.invisionzone.com.
Qualification: Borough Resident.