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Wood, William John

William John Wood, 2nd Lieut. 15th Middlesex Regt., was educated at Herne Bay College and the Strand School, King's College. He entered the Theological Faculty of King's College in October, in 1909, at the age of 19 after passing the London Matriculation. He took active interest in all sides of College life; was distinguished in sports, cricket and football, took part in the Union debates; and hoped to have gained the B.D. degree this year. The work of the Christian Union was near to his heart, and he combined deep religion with high spirits and gaiety in a very loveable manner. He is indeed one of those who makes us feel that the spring has been taken out of the year.

His father, Mr. John Wood, writes: "He was killed last Sunday morning (November 7) at 8.30 a.m., whilst taking advantage of a mist to repair and drain trenches. The mist suddenly lifted; and my son, seeing the danger, for the Germans were only 150-200 yards away, was directing the men to take cover, when he was sniped, the bullet going through his heart and causing instant death. He was laid to his early rest the same day by the Chaplain who used to get him to help with an evening service when free; and he lies in a quiet little village where his grave will be well tended and cared for. It is a relief to us to know that his end was so peaceful." A.N. King's College Review Dec. 1915

Biographical

Surname(s)Wood
First name(s)William John
Family detailsSon of Mr J W Wood of "Whyteleaf" 41 Church Walk, Worthing
Previous educationHerne Bay College and the Strand School, King's college
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1909-1915
Dept / courseTheology
Military unit15th Middlesex Regiment
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders to November 1915
Date of death7 November 1915
Age at death25
Rank at death2nd Lieutenant
Place of deathShot by Sniper
Burial placePotijze Burial Ground Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London O.T.C. 1914-19

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