William Andrew Wood

Military Information

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  • Service no: N/A
  • Rank: Engineer Lieutenant
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Bulwark
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Lost at sea
  • Age at Death: 26
  • Date of Death: 26.11.1914
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  • Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 1

Personal Information

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  • Mother:

    Margaret Masson Wood, 62 Polworth Tce, Edinburgh

  • Father:

    Alexander Wood (J.P.) 62 Polworth Tce, Edinburgh

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More about William Andrew Wood

H.M.S. “Bulwark” was anchored of Sheerness 0n 26 November 1914 when she was destroyed by a large internal explosion with the loss of 736 crew members. There were only 14 survivors of the explosion with 2 of these dying later in hospital. The explosion was believed to have been caused by the overheating of Cordite charges which had been placed adjacent to a boiler room bulkhead.

In terms of loss of life, the explosion on H.M.S. Bulwark remains the second most catastrophic explosion in the history of the UK, killing 738 sailors. The most deadly explosion in British history was that of H.M.S Vanguard, caused by a stokehold fire detonating a magazine, at Scapa Flow in 1917.

 

Information supplied by Gary Thomson

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