Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private William Henry Hood

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

"A" Company, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
Died 24th August 1915, age 40

Cemetery : La Brique Military Cemetery Number 1, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference or Panel Number : F.1

Husband of Hannah Hood, of 9, Cambridge Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
William Henry Hood was born in 1874 at Goole to parents Samuel, occupation, a Master Coach Builder, and Mary Hood. (Authors note: The 1881 Census records his father as Samuel, the baptism record of Ethel, one Charles Samuel. To confuse matters further, his name upon his death is recorded as one Charles Vincent).
It would appear that the family led a rather transient lifestyle and were residing previously to William's birth at Skipton. In the late 1870's the family had relocated to Wetherby, the 1881 Census details recording that the family consisting of Samuel aged 10, William aged 6 and John Charles aged 2 were residing in premises located at Scott Lane. In 1889, William's father unfortunately died, the 1891 Census now recording that the family had moved to premises located in Westgate at this juncture. The family had also increased with the birth of Lillian Vincent in 1882, residing with her fathers parents at Adel, and the birth of Ethel Rachel in 1885. William is now recorded as occupation, Groom, whilst his brother had followed in his fathers footsteps as Coach Maker. The 1901 Census records that the family had now relocated to Angel Court this yard being originally located behind the Angel Hotel. With Lillian returning to Wetherby, their mother Mary is now recorded as blind, John finding work as a House Painter, Samuel, carrying on the family business. Of William, there is no trace in the 1901 Census however by the year of 1911, it transpires that he was now residing in the spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
Now recorded as aged 38 years, William Henry Hood had now found employment as a Painter with Messrs. Jessop & Cosgrove (Painters) finding lodgings at the house of one Thomas Baker, a Cab Driver, at Number 9, Ship Yard, Harrogate. In this year also, William entered a union of marriage with one Hannah Hutchinson in April, the family taking up residence at Number 9, Cambridge Place. It is unclear at present if the marriage was blessed with children.
Due to the absence of surviving service documents, it is now that we must turn our attention to the serial number issued to William, 3/10123 respectively. Enlisting at Harrogate, the number issued suggests enlistment into the West Yorkshire Regiment in September 1914 however their may have been previous service with the Regiment. Posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment based at York, the battalion would be posted to the north-east coast of England to form part of the Tyne Garrison at Whitley Bay in August 1914. Serving with this battalion, William would be posted overseas on the 27th October 1914 to join the ranks of the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, 18th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division.
1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
A Regular Army unit, the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment formed part of the 18th Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, the brigade originally comprising of the following battalions:-
1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment
1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment
2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
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