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War Memorials



A. WOOD

No service details or precise identification yet known

A Wood is remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk, but it is not yet possible to identify him from available information. There appear to be two possibilities:


Most likely is Albert Wood, who in the 1911 census was a 30 year-old carpenter,  living with his mother Mary at “Church and State” Denstroude along with Charles Hughes and James Brice, boarders.

Also in the 1911 Census, there was Ernest Alfred Wood, a 29 year-old woodman, living with his wife Ada (33) and children Alfred (4) and Florence at “Huguenot House”, Denstroude.


At a meeting of the Boughton and District Ambulance Brigade Minute held on August 4th 1914, (the note of which is reproduced on this website) a telegram been received asking for volunteers from the Division to join the Expeditionary Force. Members desirous of joining were asked to give in their names the following morning, and A Wood was one of six who gave their names.


Although it seems likely that Albert is the one remembered on the Memorial, neither is included in the Commonwealth War Graves record - possibly if the record was one of those destroyed in bombing in WWII.


If anyone has more information, please contact us.


The Dunkirk Parish magazines of 1915/1916 briefly included a feature “NEWS FROM OUR BOYS SERVING WITH H.M. FORCES”, collected by the then headmaster of Dunkirk School W.V. Burgess.


It includes the following mention of this man:


November 1915

Pte. A. Wood is in the R.E.K.M.R. and is training near Canterbury



Sources:

National Archives in association with  Ancestry.com.  1901 and 1911 England census database.

Boughton and District Ambulance Brigade Minute , August 4th 1914

Dunkirk Parish Magazine

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