Date of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Sholing, Southampton
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Died: 23rd October 1916 aged 27 years
Death Location: France/Flanders
Life before the war
Eric was born 1889 in Sholing, Southampton. His parents were John Horace and Mary, nee Handy, who married in Southampton in 1888. John was born 1854 in Walworth, London and Mary was born 1861 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Eric was an only child.
In 1891 John was living in the School House in New Road, Southampton and was an Elementary School Teacher (Certified). At this time his wife and son Eric were living as visitors at 76 Claylands Road, Lambeth, London with George and Emma Hunter. George was employed as an Organ Metal pipe Maker.
By 1901 the family were living at Middle Road, Sholing, Southampton. John was a First Class Elementary Teacher.
Eric and his parents were living at “Etruria”, Spring Road, Sholing, Southampton at the time of the 1911 census. John was a Certified Head Teacher at Sholing Boys School (Elementary). Eric was shown as a student of Cambridge University.
Eric held BA’s from both London and Cambridge Universities.
When John Horace died he left a probate:
“Wood John Horace of Etruria Spring Road Sholing Southampton died 28 September 1924 Probate London 13 December to Mary Wood widow. Effects £7552 13s 5d”
Mary Wood’s probate:
“Wood Mary of Lugano Station Road Woolston Southampton widow died 8 January 1940 at 14 Grange Road Kingston on Thames Probate Winchester 1 February to John Stephens and Harold Edmund Abel solicitors. Effects £10207 9s”
When Mary died and her will proved in February 1940 a charity was set up called the “Alderman John Horace Wood and Eric Horace Wood Scholarships”. The Charity Commission Classification was “Education/Training, Children/Young People, Makes Grants to Organizations”. The charitable objects were:
A) The award of exhibitions and maintenance allowances tenable at any secondary school, training college for teachers, university or other institution of further education.
B) By the provision of financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, instruments or books.
C) Otherwise promoting the education of beneficiaries.
Eric enlisted into the Hampshire Regiment, 1st Battalion as a 2nd Lieutenant.
He was killed in action on 23rd October 1916 aged 27 and is Remembered with Honour on the Thiepval Memorial, France.