Ernest WOOD
Rank: Private
Number: 2368
Unit: 1/7th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 June 1916
Age: 18
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery

In 1886, Isaac Wood and Bessy Batty married at St Mary's Church, Reddish. The 1901 Census found the couple living at 37 Lark Hill Road, Stockport with their four children - Florence (then 14), Walter (13), Therese (9) and Ernest (3). Later the family lived at 10 Glanvor Road, Edgeley. Walter would also serve during the War and is believed to have survived.

The family worshipped at the Church of Christ on Wood Street and Ernest furthered his education by attending the Church's Sunday School. As with many young men, he found employment in the town's hat-making industry and worked for Christy & Co, on Higher Hillgate. In his spare time, he was a colour sergeant in the 1st Cadet Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment and drilled at Cheadle.

He enlisted into the Army in September 1914 and saw action at Gallipoli from the Battalion's landing there on 6 May 1915 until they were evacuated back to Egypt in January the following year. The Manchesters then spent some weeks resting and refitting before undertaking guard duties along the Suez Canal. At some point, Ernest contracted Cerebo-spinal Meningitis and died whilst in a military hospital in Cairo.

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