Edward Leslie Wood was born in Frizinghall on 5 May 1895, the third of five children of Benjamin Wood and his wife Mildred.On 10 December 1915, the Shipley Times & Express reported:“The youngest son of Mr and Mrs Benjamin Wood of Victoria Grove, Shipley, has received a commission and is with the 3rd West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column stationed at Tadcaster.“Sec-Lieut E L Wood was educated at the alt Schools, Shipley, and is only 20 years of age.“He joined the 1st West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column in
December of last year and went to France in April last, coming home about three weeks since.“He has received his promotion for good service in the field.“Prior to the war he was at the head office of the Bradford District Bank in Bradford. His father is in business as a wool manufacturer in Swaine Street, Bradford.”We hear no more about his war until 25 October 19918 when we read:“The Military Cross has been awarded to Lieut E L Wood, R.F.A., youngest son of Mr and
Mrs Benjamin Wood of Victoria Grove, Shipley.”There is no report of why he was awarded the M.C. and from Ancestry we learn that on 18 October 1928 Edward and his wife, Gladys, left on the Ballarat to sail to Australia. Edward is listed as a salesman and his address as Bradford Road, Shipley.He is also listed on the Stirling Castle bound for Southampton in 1946. He is now said to be an estate agent whose last residence was in Australia and whose new residence is Bradford Road, Shipley. There is no mention of Gladys.