Yorkshire Regiment War Graves, -
Bebington (St. Andrew's) Churchyard, Cheshire
Bebington (St. Andrew's) Churchyard, Cheshire contains 19 graves
from both World Wars, - 4 from the First World War and 15 from the Second
One of the graves is that of an Officer of the Yorkshire Regiment.
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|2nd Lieutenant Thomas Theodore Wood.
9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
Died at home 14 July 1916.
The following biographical information is provided in Robert Coulson's Biographies of Officers Killed in the First World War;-
"Thomas Wood initially served in the ranks of the Shropshire Light Infantry before officer training and joining with the Yorkshire Regiment.
He was to lose his life through wounds incurred during the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916.
Serving with the 9th Battalion, 2nd Lt Wood and his men moved into the line on July 4th close to the village of La Boiselle.
Over the next few days they fought for the capture of Horseshoe Trench and it was from this position that they attacked the German held village of Contalmaison on July 10th.
At 4-50pm on July 10th 2nd Lt Wood left the trench with his men to begin the advance towards Contalmaison.
“No finer sight has been seen than the advance of these brave Yorkshiremen in quick time across the open amid bursting shells and all the machine gun and rifle fire that the enemy could bring to bear against them”.
2nd Lt Wood was badly wounded in this attack and passed through the casualty clearing chain and back to hospital in England.
Thomas Theodore Wood died of his wounds four days later on July 14th 1916.
His grave today lies in Bebington St Andrew churchyard on the Wirral."
A comprehensive biograhy of Thomas Theodore Wood is provided on the Shropshire Archives website, Wellington Remembers.
The biographical information provided on the above website is highly comprehensive, and can be thoroughly recommended.
St. Andrew's Church, Bebington - Cheshire
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