George WOOD
Rank: Private
Number: 53991
Unit: 1/4th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 October 1918
Age: 18
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

George had been born in Hazel Grove, the son of William and Annie, 11 Neville Street.

He enlisted at Chester. His service number indicates that he served with another unit before the 1/4th Battalion. This will have been one of the Regiment's "New Army" battalions, three of which were disbanded early in 1918. The troops were reallocated to other units  and George probably went to the 1/4th when it returned from Egypt in July 1918.

Click here to read an account of the attack in which George was killed. After the battle, his body was never recovered and identified and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Zonnebeke. He may have died not knowing that his older brother, Henry, had been killed, on 19 September, whilst serving with Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.

More information about the two Wood brothers is in the book "Hazel Grove to Armageddon" by John Eaton.

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