John Wood

M, #5343, b. circa 1897, d. 26 April 1917
     John Wood was born circa 1897 at Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. He was the son of John Wood and Catherine Innes. His family was known by the tee-name of "Woods".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1901 census at 310 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Catherine Wood, wife; James Wood, son; John Wood, son; Wm Wood, son.1

He was listed as head of household's son in the 1911 census at 310 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Catherine Wood, wife; James Wood, son; John Wood, son; William Wood, son; Helen Wood, daughter; Reuben Wood, son; Violet Jane Wood, daughter; Kathleen Wood, daughter.2,3
John died on 26 April 1917 at sea, 3 miles east of Anvil Point, Dorset, England. He drowned with the loss of HM Drifter 'Plantin' BF 453 that struck a mine whilst on war service 3 miles east of Anvil Point. The entire crew except his eldest brother, James Wood, was lost.4,5

Citations

  1. [S5597] 1901, Scottish Census, "John Wood, son, male, age 4, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, resident at 310 Portknockie."
  2. [S4172] 1911, Scottish Census, "John Wood, son, male, age 14, school, born in Banffshire Portknockie, resident at 310 Portknockie."
  3. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.
  4. [S7677] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 3041856, "In Memory of Engineman JOHN WOOD, Service Number: 2683ES, H.M. Drifter "Plantin", Royal Naval Reserve who died on 26 April 1917 age 20. Son of Catherine Wood, of 9 Devanha Gardens South, Aberdeen, and the late John Wood (Skipper), native of Portknockie. Remembered with honour. Portsmouth Naval Memorial 28. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
  5. [S7717] John Wood, Gravestone inscription data, "NM200474, John Wood, c. 1897 to 26 APR 1917. Date of Birth : c. 1897. Headstone Ref : H217. Date of Death : 26 APR 1917. Place of Death : At sea off Poole, Dorset."