Rank:


Corporal

Service No(s):


3232

Regiment:


Army Pay Corps

Unit:

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Islington, Middlesex

Occupation:

Solicitor's clerk

Date of death:

09/11/1918

Cause of death:

Died from disease

Grave or panel reference:

X. C. 16.

Name of father:

George Wood

Name of siblings:

Florence Rose

Name(s) of children:

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

Place of enlistment:

London

Event:

France and Belgium

Age at death:

25

Cemetery or memorial:

Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France

Other memorial:

St Mellitus Church

Name of mother:

Rosina Wood (née Wagstaff)

Name of spouse:

Address:

56 Romilly Road, Finsbury Park (1911)
11 Victoria Terrace, Stroud Green (1918)

Biography:

Herbert William Wood died on 9 November 1918, just two days before the Armistice was signed. He served in the Army Pay Corps, which was granted its Royal prefix only after the First World World War, and confusion surrounds his cause of death. The 1919 New Court Congregational Church manual listed him as ‘drowned’ but the Commonwealth Graves War Commission records state he ‘died from disease’.

The UK Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects puts Herbert’s Place of death as ‘32 Sty HP Wimereux’ – the 32nd Stationary Hospital, which had been established in 1914 as the Australian Voluntary Hospital. It had 200 beds and was later absorbed into the British Army, and by May 1919 had treated more than 73,000 patients. Herbert is buried two miles south of the hospital at Terlincthun British Cemetery in Wimille, on the northern outskirts of Boulogne.

Like many regiments of the British Army, the Army Pay Corps acquired humorous nicknames – the Ink Slingers and The Quill Drivers reflecting the nature of their main work. However, those who served near the front were also trained in armed combat and Herbert, who spent the First World War in France and Flanders, is recorded as having attended a 1st Reinforcements training camp. 

Herbert had been born in 1893, the younger child of George Wood, a railway worker, and Rosina Wood (née Wagstaff), the seventh of 12 children in her family. The Woods lived in Romilly Road, Finsbury Park, at the time of the 1911 Census, Herbert was working as a solicitor’s clerk and Florence Rose, his older sister by nine years, was a stationer’s assistant. The family later moved to Victoria Terrace, Stroud Green, where they are listed in the 1921 register of members at New Court Congregational Church.

At Terlincthun British Cemetery, Herbert’s grave is marked by a headstone with the inscription: ‘Son so dear, brother kind, loving memories left behind.’