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William Andrew Wood
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment:
- Service no: N/A
- Rank: Engineer Lieutenant
- Service Occupation:
- 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
- Burial Country:
- Cemetery: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 1
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth:
Margaret Masson Wood, 62 Polworth Tce, Edinburgh
Alexander Wood (J.P.) 62 Polworth Tce, Edinburgh
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.
William Andrew Wood Engineer-Lieutenant H.M.S. Bulwark
Wormit has a more than ordinary interest in the tragic disaster which befell the Bulwark. Amongst those who perished was Engineer- Lieutenant W. Wood, son of Captain Wood, Wormit. In the Wormit U.F. Church on Sunday touching reference was made to the Lieutenant’s kindly personality. He was beloved of all who knew him. His cleverness was never obtrusive. His modesty made people like him at first sight. There was a winsomeness and charm about him which his intimate friends felt and admired.
Dundee People’s Journal 5th December 1914
Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell
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