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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Stockport
Town
Stockport
County
Greater Manchester
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
85658
Current location

Booking Hall
Stockport train station
Grand Central Way
Station Road
Stockport
Stockport
Greater Manchester
SK3 9HZ
England

OS Grid Ref: SJ 89281 89836
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Shouldered metal plaque with VC badge surmounting a raided inscription in white lettering.
Inscription
PRIVATE WILF WOOD V. C./ Remembering the life of railywayman Wilf Wood who was awarded the/ Victoria Cross for an act og most sonspicuous bravery and initiative/ on 28th October 1918 near Casa Van in Italy./ A unit ofn 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 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.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname, honour, rank, and deeds
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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