William Henry Wood

Born in 1887 at East Allington, William Wood lived at 28 Church St, Modbury.

He served as a Private in the Army, initially qwith the North Somerset infantry and then with the 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

The 1st Battalion returned to France Apr 1918 arriving at Frevent to take part in the battle of Hazebrouk. The Battle was part of the Lys Offensive (7–29 April 1918) and was also known, the Fourth Battle of Ypres, the Fourth Battle of Flanders and Operation Georgette.   Planned as a counter action to the German spring offensive in Flanders  where the Germans had an objective of capturing Ypres, forcing the British forces back to the channel ports and out of the war

William was killed in action on 13th April 1918, aged 30.   His memorial is on the Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 6.   In his obituary, the local paper noted that he was  a member of the Plymouth George Street Ambulance Corps, he was previously employed at Spooners Department store.  He was killed in severe fighting in April 1918.  Extremely popular in the ambulance corps where he was familiarly known as ‘the chaplain’ because of his influence and by reason of his conducting weekly devotional meetings for his comrades at the ambulance station.  An ardent worker at the Baptist Church, Modbury ( his home) and a preacher and gospel singer of much acceptance.  Since joining His Majesty’s service he had done remarkably good work both in Italy and France’ 

Where Born:East Allington
Address:28 Church St, Modbury
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Service Number:29455
Unit1st Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, formerly of the North Somerset Yeomanry
Died On:13th April 1918
Where Buried:No Known Grave
Memorial:Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 6