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WOOD William King

WOOD William King

Male 1897 - 1916  (19 years)

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  • Name WOOD William King 
    Born 17 Nov 1897  Kalbar, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Nov 1916  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I32  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 11 Apr 2014 

    Father WOOD John Charles,   b. 31 Dec 1862, Poona, Bombay, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1923, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother PHILLIPS May Lydia,   b. 27 Nov 1871, Maryborough, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1957, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 20 Jan 1897  Kalbar, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William King Wood in his Fifth Light Horse uniform
    William King Wood in his Fifth Light Horse uniform
    Kalbar Memorial
    Kalbar Memorial
    Kalbar State School Memorial Board
    Kalbar State School Memorial Board
    St George Hall, South Kolan
    Timber Honour Board listing 14 members of the Kalbar School who served and, in some instances, died during the Great War 1914 - 1918. The capitol of the board displays a carved floral design. The Board was donated by Mrs. James Thygesen, whose son, Peter Andew Thygesen, was killed on the 31st July 1917 in Belgium. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the Missing. Also listed on the board is William King Wood, a first cousin to Peter Thygesen and his brother Charles (also listed on the board). William was killed in November of 1916 and he is buried in the Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France. Charles came home safely.

  • Notes 
    • William is listed at Kalbar State School in 1902.

      William enlisted in the Fifth Lighthorse in Brisbane on the 13 November, 1915. He gave his age as 18 years and 1 month old though in reality he had not yet turned 18. He was 5' 9" tall and weighed 145 lbs. His eyes were brown as was his hair. He gave his religion as Presbyterian and nominated his mother as his next of kin.

      While training in Egypt, he was transferred to the Australian Field Artillery with the rank of Driver. On the 28 May 1916, he embarked on HMT Corsican from Alexandria and disembarked at Plymouth, England on the 12 June 1916. On the 21 July, 1916, he was sent to France. He was wounded in action on the 27 November, 1916 and died the following day. He was just 19 years old.

      Rank: Driver
      Regiment/Service: Australian Field Artillery
      Unit Text: 4th Div. Ammunition Col.
      Service No: 2363
      Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 13.
      Cemetery: BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT

      Driver William Wood
      No. 2363 - 4th Ammunition Column Australian Field Artillery - aged 19. William was from Bundaberg & was the son of John & May Wood. He was working as a farm labourer when he enlisted on 13 Nov., 1915 at the age of 18 & he was initially assigned to the 5th Light Horse Regiment. He was transferred to the newly formed Aust. Artillery Details in Egypt &, after arriving in France, was assigned to the 4th Div. Ammunition Column, where, as a good horseman, he drove the teams transferring ammunition for the artillery. 'Woodsie', as he was known in his unit, was severely wounded by a shell explosion on 28 Nov., 1916. The explosion fractured his thigh, femur & tibia & fibula & he died of these wounds at the No. 1 Main Dressing Station the same day. He is buried in Becourt Military Cemetery.