John Leslie Wood was born in Clayton on 6 March 1893t he son of wool merchant Harry Wood and his wife Mary.The first we read of his war is on 12 February 1915 when it is reported that he has been promoted to Lance Corporal.We learn much more from a report published in the Shipley Times & Express on 6 April 1917:“The many friends of Lieut J Leslie Wood will offer hearty congratulations on his having been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous bravery in action.“Lieut Wood, who is the eldest son
of Mr Harry Wood, of Hillcrest, Clayton and a nephew of Captain Moorhouse, recruiting officer at the Halifax Barracks, is the first Clayton man to win a distinction since the outbreak of war and his work fully entitles him to this proud distinction.“Towards the end of September, 1914, he joined one of the Pal Battalions formed in Bradford and after serving for some time in the ranks as a private he was given a commission in another West Yorkshire Regiment formed in Bradford.“He first saw active service in
Egypt and was then transferred to France where he has taken part in some of the severest fighting but fortunately so far has come out unscathed.“He was in the great July offensive last year. A few months ago he was gazetted a full lieutenant.“Quite recently his regiment had some rather stiff fighting and for twelve consecutive hours Lieut Wood and his company were on duty, during which time they managed to keep open the lines of communication thereby performing valuable service.“For this feat they received the
thanks of the commanding officer and Headquarters staff. By his fellow officers and men Lieut Wood is regarded as a fearless officer, cool, courageous and resourceful under fire and the news of his distinction will be especially welcome by them.“Another brother, Sec Lieut Gordon Wood is also on active service in France with another West Yorkshire Regt.”John Leslie was living at Ashwood Drive, Frizinghall when he died in July 1935. After cremation, his ashes were buried at Clayton churchyard.