Wednesday, 17 June 2015

W is for Wilf Wood


A plaque on the wall of the foyer at Stockport station reads:
PRIVATE WILF WOOD V.C.

Remembering the life of railwayman Wilf Wood who was awarded the
Victoria Cross for an act of most conspicuous bravery and initiative
on 28 October 1918 near Casa Van in Italy.

A unit on the right flank having been held up by hostile machine gunners
and snipers, Private Wood worked forward with his Lewis gun, enfiladed
the enemy machine gun nest and caused 140 enemy to surrender. The advance
continued until a hidden machine gun opened fire at point blank range.
Without a moment's hesitation, Private Wood charged, firing his Lewis gun
from the hip, and enfiladed a ditch from which a further
160 men and 3 officers duly surrendered.

A cleaner at Stockport locomotive depot, Wilf survived the Great War
and spent his entire working life on the railways. He had the honour
of a steam locomotive being named after him and enjoyed a long
retirement before his death in January 1982 at the age of 84.


He is remembered in Hazel Grove by Wetherspoon's who named their Freehouse after the local hero. A plaque on the wall reads:
THE
WILFRED
WOOD

These licensed premises stand on the site
of a Primitive Methodist Chapel (erected in 1897
and demolished in the 1960s) and are named after
Private Wilfred Wood V.C, who was awarded the Victoria
Cross "for conspicuous gallantry" in the First World
War. On his return home to Hazel Grove, Wood
was given a civic reception at the Mechanics
Institute, now the Civic Hall, next
door to this building.

These premises were refurbished
by J.D.Wetherspoon
in September 2010.


He is depicted on the inn sign.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday and signs, signs.

11 comments:

  1. What a fascinating slice of history of a real life.

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  2. Life is about things like this, a real hero!!
    Ann

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  3. Lovely signs dedicated to the memory of a very brave soldier. Fine post.

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  4. This man has been given an assurance that he is remembered for his courage in these great signs.

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  5. And a Free House is? Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. A "freehouse" is a public house that is not "tied" to a particular brewery and is free to purchase its ale/beer from different breweries.

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  6. What a wonderful way to remember this brave man!

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  7. Very informative. I like reading plaques like this.

    My SIGNS, SIGNS

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