It’s always nice to be able to put a name to a face and a face to a name, but it was rather special to receive a collection of photographs of the Wood family of Oulton Broad via email a few weeks ago. Following on from my previous post on the Somerleyton Sea Scout tragedy in 1914 and the subsequent fate of sole survivor, Stanley Wood, on the battlefields of France just two years later, it is so good to see a photograph of him.
My thanks once again to Stanley’s nephew, Tony Browne, and to Alan Smith for sharing these with me and for allowing me to publish them on here. I’ll begin with a photograph of the whole family, believed to date from around 1905.
I mentioned in the previous blog post that Stanley was with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry when he was killed during the Battle of Fromelles, but this 1915 photograph shows that he must have enlisted with the Suffolk Regiment prior to that attachment. Stanley is pictured second from the right in the middle row.