Harrogate Herald - 7th April 1915
Second Lieutenant Jack A H Wood, son of Mr John
Wood, Military Police, of Stalybridge and Dukinfield, and nephew
of Mr R J Foster, of Stockeld Park, Spofforth, has had conferred
upon him the Military Cross in recognition of his gallantry and
devotion to duty whilst serving with the Expeditionary Force, this
being a new decoration instituted by the King since the war began.
The official communication says that the Military
Cross has been conferred on Lieutenant Wood for gallantry,
skill, and daring on the night of February 15th/16th, in the
guidance of the attacking party near Ypres, and for a similar act of
gallantry on the next night, when he voluntarily led the 84th
Brigade in the operations.
It was on Sunday, February 14th, in the afternoon
that the action referred to above commenced, and Lieutenant Wood
was about the only officer left out of the charge. On the night of
the 15th the gallant lieutenant led another regiment against the
German trenches, and the charge was successful. The Germans did not
allow the British to get up to them, as they ran like hares before
ever they could get inside the trenches. On the following night Lieutenant
Wood volunteered to lead the 84th Brigade in the operations, and
they were again successful.
Mr John Wood, Military Police, interviewed
one of the young officers in his son's battalion who was in command
of the company at the time of the charge, and who was then wounded,
and was taken to hospital in London. He says that Lieutenant Wood
did very well indeed, that theirs was the leading company, and that
they were ordered to attack a German trench in the daytime, but were
nearly all shot down, and could not get near the enemy, and had to
be practically in the positions where they were until it was dark.
As Lieutenant Wood was one of the few officers left who knew
the position of the trench they attempted to take, he was chosen to
act as guide for another regiment the following night, and the
bayonet charge was then successful.
Lieutenant Wood has received many
congratulations on the honour he has earned.
The official description of the award is as follows : "The
King has conferred the Military Cross in recognition of gallantry
and devotion to duty whilst serving with the Expeditionary Force
upon Second Lieutenant J A H Wood, 4th East Surrey Regiment,
attached 2nd Battalion, for gallantry, skill, and daring on the
night of February 15th-16th, 1915, in the guidance of the attacking
party near Ypres, and for a similar act of gallantry on the next
night, when he voluntarily led the 84th Brigade in the