James Wood

M, #6705, b. 26 March 1895, d. 27 December 1915
     James Wood was born on 26 March 1895 at 84 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of John Wood and Helen Donaldson. His family was known by the tee-name of "Johns".
He was listed as head of household's son in the 1901 census at 84 Portknockie, Banffshire, Scotland. Those recorded in the household were: John Wood, head; Helen Wood, wife; John Wood, son; Jessie H Wood, daughter; James Wood, son; Jane Wood, daughter.2
James Wood was a fisherman. James died on 27 December 1915 at sea near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, at age 20. 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.3,4


  1. [S7653] James Wood, Register of Births in the District of Seafield in the County of Banff, "James Wood, 1895, March Twenty Sixth 2h 0m A.M. at 84 Portknockie, Seafield, Rathven, Male. Father: John Wood, Fisherman. Mother: Helen Wood M. S. Donaldson, married 1890 May 2nd in Seafield. Informant: Helen Wood, Mother. Registered: 1895, April 13th at Seafield Manse, James McIntyre, Registrar."
  2. [S5483] 1901, Scottish Census, "James Wood, son, male, age 6, born in Portknockie, Banffshire, scholar, resident at 84 Portknockie."
  3. [S7658] Debt of Honour Register and certificate, Casualty No 3034262, "In Memory of Engineman JAMES WOOD, Service Number: 3433ES, H.M. Drifter "Ladysmith", Royal Naval Reserve who died on 27 December 1915 age 21. Son of Helen Wood, of 21 Reidhaven St., Portknockie, Banffshire, and the late John Wood (Skipper, RNR). Remembered with honour. Portsmouth Naval Memorial. Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission."
  4. [S772] Robert Mair, Neil Pirie, Information kindly supplied by Robert Mair of Durham, England.