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    1914-1918 First World War Centenary

    6 October 2018

    John Hope Wood of 44 Trafalgar Road, Birkdale, Southport was born on 23 June 1889, the only son of Mr & Mrs Arthur C Wood. His father was a Cotton Spinner.

    He attended Bickerton House School, Birkdale.  He enrolled on the Harper Adams Certificate Course in Autumn 1907 and left 23 July 1908, having passed all subjects for the 1st year Certificate

    He died on 20 May 1915 Age 26 and is remembered with honour at the Lillers Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.,-/


    The town of Lillers was used for billets and headquarter offices from the autumn of 1914 to April 1918. At that time it was a hospital centre with the 6th, 9th, 18th, 32nd, 49th and 58th Casualty Clearing Stations in the town at one time or another.

    The Lillers Communal Cemetery contains 894 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 67 of which are unidentified. There are also 15 German graves in the Commonwealth plots. The Extension contains 71 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, six of them unidentified.




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