William George Wood

M, #3873, b. 3 December 1866, d. 27 December 1915
     William George Wood "Johns" was born on 3 December 1866 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1,2 He was the son of John Wood and Jessie Mair. His family was known by the tee-name of "Johns".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1871 census at 57 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood "John", head; Jessie Wood, wife; John Wood, son; William G Wood, son; David Wood, son.3

He was listed as head of household's son in the 1881 census at 75 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Jessie Wood, wife; John Wood, son; William G Wood, son; David Wood, son; Ann Wood, daughter; Jessie E Wood, daughter; Margaret Bruce, aunt.4
William George Wood was a fisherman and seaman.
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1891 census at 75 East Street, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood "Johns", head; Jessie Mair Wood, wife; Wm George Wood, son; David Wood, son; Ann Wood, daughter; Jessie H Wood, daughter; George Wood, nephew.5,6
He married Beatrice Mair at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland, on 27 April 1894.2
He was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at 406 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: William G Wood, head; Beatrice Wood, wife.7
From 1914, John Wood and William George Wood owned the steam drifter 'Ladysmith' BF 1528.8 William died on 27 December 1915 at sea near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, at age 49. He drowned with the loss of HM Drifter 'Ladysmith' BF 1528 in a gale whilst on war service at the mouth of Milford Haven. The entire crew was lost.9,10,2 He was buried after 27 December 1915 at Hillhead Cemetery, Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.10

Citations

  1. [S3078] LDS Church, International Genealogical Index, "William George Wood, male. Birth: 03 DEC 1866 Seafield, Banff, Scotland. Father: John Wood. Mother: Jessie Mair."
  2. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  3. [S5538] 1871, Scottish Census, "William G Wood, son, male, age 4, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, resident at 57 Portknockie."
  4. [S5539] 1881, Scottish Census, "William G Wood, son, unmarried, male, age 14, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, resident at 75 Portknockie."
  5. [S5703] 1891, Scottish Census, "Wm George Wood, son, unmarried, male, age 23, born in Banffshire, Portknockie, fisherman, working on own account, resident at 75 East St, Portknockie."
  6. [S5534] 1891, Scottish Census, "Wm George Wood, son, unmarried, male, age 23, born in Banffshire, fisherman, resident at East Street, Portknockie."
  7. [S5445] 1901, Scottish Census, "William G Wood, head, married, male, age 35, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, fisherman, resident at 406 Portknockie."
  8. [S431] David Mair, Joseph Reid, James Campbell Smith & David E Williamson Alexander S Buchan, Steam Drifters Recalled, Portgordon to Portsoy, "BF 1528 LADYSMITH
    Built 1904 of steel by J. Duthie, Torry Shipbuilding Company of Torry. (Yard Number 266) for J. Smith, Portessie, Buckie & others and registered in Banff (BF 1528).
    Dimensions:- 89 GRT. Length 81.50 ft., Breadth 18.10 ft., Depth 8.80 ft.
    16 inch compound engine by Lidgerwood of Coatbridge. 30 hp.
    1914 Sold to J., & W.G. Wood, Portknockie, Banffshire.
    Requisitioned for war service June 1915 (Pennant Number 2180) as an anti submarine net vessel.
    27 December 1915 Whilst on war service lost with all hands in a gale off Milford Haven."
  9. [S7659] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 3034264, "In Memory of Second Hand WILLIAM GEORGE WOOD, Service Number: 1898SA, H.M. Drifter "Ladysmith", Royal Naval Reserve who died on 27 December 1915 age 49. Son of John and Jessie Wood, of Portknockie, husband of Beatrice Wood (nee Mair) of 16 Park St., Portknockie, Banffshire. Remembered with honour. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
  10. [S3247] William George Wood, Gravestone inscription data, "NM200690, William George Wood, c. 1866 to 27 DEC 1915. Occupation : Seaman. Date of Birth : c. 1866. Spouse's Name : Beatrice Mair. Headstone Ref : H159. Date of Death : 27 DEC 1915. Place of Death : Sea off Welsh coast."