Urmston WW1 

Harold Wood

Rank:Boy 1st ClNumber:J/35433
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Royal Navy
Name of Rgt or Ship:H.M.S. Canada
How Died:Accidental
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Flixton (St. Michael's) Churchyard
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 1st May 1899, the birth being registered during the June
quarter 1899 in the Barton upon Irwell R.D. - ref: 8c/718, the son of
Charles & Jessie Wood (nee Hindley).

1901 Census - Woodsend Road, Flixton.  Son - aged: 2 - born: Flixton.  Head
of household - Charles Wood - Married - aged: 28 - occ: Carter on Farm -
born: Flixton.   Also - Jessie Wood - Wife - aged: 27 - born: Over,
Cheshire.   Plus 2 brothers.

1911 Census - Woodsend Road, Flixton.  Son - aged: 11 - Scholar - born:
Flixton.  Head of household - Charles Wood - Married - aged: 38 - occ:
Farmer's Son Working on Farm - born: Flixton.   Also - Jessie Wood - Wife -
aged: 37 - born: Lostok Gralam, Cheshire.   Plus 3 siblings.

ADM188/717 - He was employed as a Warehouse Assistant when he enlisted into
the Royal Navy on the 1st February 1915.  He was 5 feet 4 1/2 inches in
height and had a chest measurement of 31 1/2 inches.  His complexion was
Fresh, eyes were Blue and his hair was Auburn.

Serving on HMS Powerful, he was a Boy Class II rating from the 1st February
1915 until Promoted to Bot Class I rating on the 3rd August 1915.  He then
served on HMS Victory I from the 4th August to the 9th August 1915.  Then
transferred to HMS Canada on the 15th August 1915.  His Character was
described as 'Very Good' and his ability as 'Satisfactory'

[HMS Canada (1913) was a battleship that the Chilean Navy had ordered as
Almirante Latorre.  She was launched in 1913, but the British government
purchased her in 1914 after the outbreak of the First World War. 

He died on the Hospital Ship HMS Plessy from injuries received whilst
erecting a Derick for Coaling.  There was a Court of Enquiry over his

In addition to the family gravestone, there is also a separate stone scroll
block from his ship mates on H.M.S. "Canada", the M.I. on that is - "A
token of esteem and sympathy from his fellow shipmates on HMS Canada".

Listed as "Scout" - 1st Flixton Troop, on the Urmston & Flixton Scout's War

His father, Charles died 01/07/1946 aged 74 years and his mother, Jessie
died 10/01/1953 aged 80 years.

Memorials found on:
St. Michael's (Flixton)
Flixton WesleyanFlixton Parish
Urmston & Flixton Scouts
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