Wood, Alexander

Alexander Wood, Private 772386, 1st Bn. Canadian Infantry
Died of wounds 29th September 1918 in France, aged 34

 

EARLY LIFE

Alexander Wood was born in Macclesfield on 15 September 1884, the son of Alexander and Rose Hannah Wood, of Macclesfield, England. In 1891, six-year-old Alexander was living at 46 Garden St, Hurdsfield, with his parents and siblings Thomas (16), William (15), Emily (8) and Alice (4).

Alexander’s mother died and in August 1897 his father married Rachel Smith at Hurdsfield Holy Trinity Church. By 1901 the family had moved to 2 Beech Bank and included William (25), Edwin (20), Emily (18), Alexander (16), Samuel (15) and Alice (14).

Alexander’s father died in 1908 and Alexander emigrated to Canada about two years later.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Alexander enlisted with the Canadian forces at Brantford, Ontario, on 13 December 1915.

On 7 May 1917 Private Wood was reported to be wounded in the official casualty lists, but he must have recovered from his wounds and returned to front-line service.

News of Private Wood’s death was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 20 December 1918:

KILLED – Mrs Hodkinson, 18 Duke St, Macclesfield, has received official news from Canada confirming the death of her brother, Pte Alex Wood, who died of wounds at the casualty clearing station in France on the 30th September. Pte Wood was 34 years of age and was educated at Daybrook Street School. He attended Hurdsfield Church and was a prominent footballer for Fountain Street Mission. Pte Wood emigrated to Canada eight years ago and answered his country’s call at the outbreak of war, enlisting in the 1st Canadians, 125th Batt. He was wounded twelve months ago.

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Alexander Wood is buried in Grave Ref. IV. B. 39. at Bucquoy Road Cemetery near Arras, France. His sister, Mrs E Pankhurst, of 181 Rebecca St, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, asked for the inscription “THY WILL BE DONE” to be engraved on his headstone.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Alexander Wood, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Alexander Wood is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials.

Elsewhere, he is remembered on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial website.

 

SOURCES

Canadian Service Records
GRO (England & Wales) Index:
Births, Marriages
UKBMD websites: Cheshire marriage index
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website


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