John Wood

John Wood

John Wood


27681, Private, John Norman Wood, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards.

Born in 1898 at Bollington, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (nee Collis) Wood, living at 19 Adlington Road. John was at one time a member of the 2nd troop, Bollington Boy Scouts. He was educated at Water Street Council School, he was connected with the Wesleyan Chapel. Prior to his enlistment, he was employed as a clerk, at the Adelphi Mill

John enlisted at Macclesfield on the 16th November 1916. On completion of his basic training, he was drafted to the front line on the 10th June 1917. He was engaged in the battle on the Western Front, falling in Flanders; he was hit in the head and face by a German ‘wizz bang’ at 5.00am and he died of these wounds in hospital on the same day, 14/10/1917, he was fighting at the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres), John was aged 19 years.

Medals: 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

27681, Private, John Norman Wood has no known resting place and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
C.W.G.C. Ref: – Panel 9

Also refer to

  • Bollington Troops pre WWI
  • Photos from Barnswood archive Bollington WW1
  • ‘Big Hats, Shorts and Dyb Dyb Dyb’ – a history of Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts by Norman Gosling
  • Photos of Bollington Scouts pre WW1 from Heritage Centre
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