Conisbrough Miner Fred Valentine Wood

Fred Valentine Wood was already married with two small children when he joined the K.O.Y.L.I. 5th Battalion in 1914, Private 240235.

He had married Lily Halifax on the 4th December 1910 in Conisbrough, Lily was the daughter to William Halifax a Miner and residing in Hooton Roberts, although she was born in Wickersley in 1877, Lily was a Domestic Servant at the time of her marriage. Fred’s sister Ethel witnessed the marriage.

Their children were, Harold born 10th May 1911, Henry born 6th December, 1913, George W. born 7th October, 1920 and Mary born 27th July 1922 (she later married Irving Ellis in 1949).

Fred was born 14th February 1890 (according to the 1939 Register) and baptised 4th June the same year. He was the son of George Wood a Glass Blower who later became a Miner who was born in Conisbrough and Mary Ann who was born in Stainton.

In 1901 Fred was living at home with his parents and siblings at Wellgate, Conisbrough and was a Miner at this time, by the next census in 1911 he was married and was a Sickle Grinder living at 7 Brookes Square Conisbrough.

Fred left the K.O.Y.L.I. in 1920, he had been promoted to a Sergeant (No. 2252) have fought in France and was awarded the Victory, British and Star medals

At the time of the 1939 register, Fred was working as a Colliery Wagon Loader and living at 31 Denaby Avenue, Conanby.

Fred died on 24th June 1955.

Fred’s story was submitted to us by his grandson, Fred Victor Wood, who was named after him. His middle name is Victor instead of Valentine, as he was born near VE day 1946.

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