Private 14295 Walter John Wood

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 1st July 1917, age unknown.
Buried in Grave VI. B. 15. at Artillery Wood Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

4th Bn., Coldstream Guards. Pioneer Battalion of Guards Division.

Husband of Mary Alice Wood, New Buildings, Keeling Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 7th September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and Salem Chapel memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/101486/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
12 back of Horseley Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Wood (44, Painter, born Wolverhampton), his wife Elizabeth (42, born West Bromwich), and their 6 children: Thomas James (18, Blacksmith's Striker, born Tipton), William Edward (13, born Tipton), Walter John (12, born Tipton), Harold (9, born Tipton), Horace Albert (8, born Tipton), and Samuel Arthur (6, born Tipton).

Marriage of Walter Wood and Mary Alice Atkin registered June quarter 1908 in Dudley.

1911 Census
13 Ballfields, Tipton, Staffs.
Walter John Wood (22, Foundry Cupola Attendant, born Tipton), his wife Mary Alice (25, born America), and their only child: Doris Vera (1, born Tipton).

Personal Data

After Walter's death his outstanding army pay and allowances was paid to his widow Mary Alice; this amounted to £9/10/11d (9 pounds, 10 shillings and 11 pence). In December 1919 Mary Alice also received his War Gratuity; this amounted to £11/10/0d (11 pounds and 10 shillings).

Action resulting in his death

The 4th Coldstreams were the Pioneer Battalion of the Guards Division, mainly involved in engineering and construction tasks. The Guards Division had seen action at the Battle of Loos and the Somme (Flers), and were to attack at Pilkem Ridge on the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres, 31st July 1917. Walter was killed on 1st July, almost a month before this attack, presumably involved in the preparation activities for Third Ypres; he was the only man from his battalion killed on that day.

Walter is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, north of Ypres and just to the west of the Pilkem Ridge. He is commemorated on the Tipton Memorial and on the Salem Chapel Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 28th July 1917
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
Coldstream Guards, Wood, 14295, W.J., (Tipton).