William Wood was my Uncle,
he died when HMS Prince of Wales was sunk..
My Dad is the only one living from that generation with 6 brothers and
sisters (William being one of them).
He has told me a story about a walk William and himself had just before
William was due out on the Prince of Wales and that being the last time
he saw or spoke to him.
Matthew Wood (Nephew)
The following article appears on the Doncaster Community web site here
We reproduce it in its entirety here with thanks to Editor Scott Shaw.
(The text in bold type refers to Leading Stoker William Wood)
Footballers in the Forces - An Armthorpe Family's Record (by Alan
Wood) - (December 2002)
Football is a family affair with the Wood household of Armthorpe. Of the four sons of Mr and Mrs Sidney Wood, of 12 Doncaster Road, three have combined football with service in the Forces. The fourth boy, Kevin, is too young for Army service, but, like his brothers before him, he fits in a good deal of football with school work.
Unhappily the second son, William, who had five years' service in the Royal Navy to his credit, was reported missing after the Prince of Wales went down. He joined the Navy at 19. Prominent as a former player for Doncaster School boys and Armthorpe Welfare Club, he took part with other men of H.M.S. Orion in several matches with native teams at different ports of call.
Sidney, the third son, who is with the R.A.F. in the Middle East, played for Armthorpe School and the Yorkshire Schoolboys.
A longer and more varied record in sport is that of the eldest son, Corporal Jack Wood of the R.A.F., stationed in England. He played for Armthorpe School, then for Doncaster Town End Juniors, Armthorpe Welfare, Thorne Colliery, and other clubs. Rochdale United have had his help since he went into the Air Force and he has played left fullback for Liverpool.
In wrestling, too, Jack Wood has been prominent, for he took part in nearly a score of contests at Doncaster Corn Exchange, and since he joined the Forces has met many opponents. Football with the Wood family is not a fancy merely of the rising generation. William Wood, uncle of these boys, played for Oldham Athletic when the club was in the First Division, and for other clubs.