Gunner William James Dudley Wood

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William James Dudley Wood Birth Registration Transcription © Ancestry.co.uk
William James Dudley Wood Birth Registration Transcription © Ancestry.co.uk

William James Dudley Wood was born in the 1st quarter of 1896 in Southampton, Hampshire to chemist Albert Edward Wood and Helen Jane Constance Wood nee Haskoll.

William James Dudley’s mother Helen Jane Constance Haskoll was born about 1860 as a British subject at Smyrna, Constantinople in Turkey to William Davis Haskoll and Maria Jane Haskoll, born about 1841 in Wiltshire. Helen Jane Constance was baptised on the 16th of January 1876 at West Dean in Wiltshire. At the time of the 1881 Census, Maria Jane Haskoll with her children lived at ‘Near the Wood’, East Grinstead, Alderbury in Wiltshire. Maria Jane Haskoll was an annuitant and Helen Jane Constance was working as a governess.

William James Dudley’s father Albert Edward Wood was born about 1864 in Huntspill in Somerset to store keeper James Wood, born about 1835 at Tiverton in Devon, and Sarah Wood, born about 1835 at Tiverton in Devon. During the time of the 1881 Census, Albert Edward lived with his family at ‘Railway Carr Works’, Highbridge, Burnham in Somerset and he was working as an assistant chemist.

Albert Edward Wood and Helen Jane Constance Haskoll married in the 2nd quarter of 1886 at Alderbury, Wiltshire.

William James Dudley Wood had two siblings: Helen Mary Haskoll Wood born in the 2nd quarter of 1887 in Southbourne on Sea, Hampshire and Edward Stanley Wood born in the 1st quarter of 1890 in Southbourne on Sea, Hampshire.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 4 St Catherines Road in Southbourne on Sea, Hampshire. Albert Edward was working as a chemist, Helen Jane Constance was at home looking after their children: Helen Mary Haskoll Wood and Edward Stanley Wood. The family also comprised of Helen’s mother, a widow living on her own means: Maria Jane Haskoll and Maria’s daughter Selina A. Haskoll.

William James Dudley Wood 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
William James Dudley Wood 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 48 Linzee Road in Hornsey, Middlesex. Albert Edward was working as a chemist and druggist, Helen Jane Constance was at home, looking after her children Helen Mary Haskoll Wood, Edward Stanley Wood and William James Dudley Wood.

William James Dudley Wood 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
William James Dudley Wood 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 4 Temple Fortune Lane in Hendon, Middlesex. Albert Edward was working as a chemist manager, Helen Jane Constance was at home and William James Dudley was at school. The family employed general servant Edith Hedge. The accommodation had 7 rooms.

William enlisted in Hendon, Middlesex and became a gunman of the ‘A’ Battery the 104th Brigade the Royal Field Artillery. His regimental number was 49249. William disembarked to France on the 26th of August 1915.

William James Dudley Wood Death Transcription © findmypast.co.uk
William James Dudley Wood Death Transcription © findmypast.co.uk

On the 26th of March 1916 he died of wounds at the St John’s and St Elizabeth’s Hospital, Grove End Road in London.

His ashes are kept at the Golders Green Crematorium in London, at niche 1407.

William James Dudley Wood Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
William James Dudley Wood Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

William’s father Albert Edward received £6, 9d in 1916 and £6 in 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. The family later lived at ‘Okai’ in Beare Green in Dorking.

William James Dudley Wood received the British War and Victory medals and the 1915 Star.

Born                             Southampton
Lived                            Hendon, Middlesex

Son of                         Albert Edward and Helen Wood of Okai, Beare Green, Dorking.

Regiment                     “A” Battery. 104th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery
Number                        49249

Date of Death              26th March 1916
Place of Death             London
Cause of Death            Died of Wounds

Age                              20

Memorial                    Golders Green Crematorium