Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Stanley, New Brunswick, Canada

General information

Paysan et bûcheron
Church of England

Army information

Canadian Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
 —  Canadian Infantry, 26th Bn. (New Brunswick)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Passchendaele, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 Place of death or original burial place

My story

Pte. Lee Wood was born on the 5th of June 1898 in Stanley, York County, New Brunswick, Canada. At the moment of his enlistment he worked as a farmer as well as a lumberjack, just like his father who worked as a lumberjack as well. Lee enlisted on the 27th of April 1916 in West St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. He served overseas with the 26th Canadian Infantry Battalion (5th Canadian Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division).
On the 6th of November 1917 the 26th Canadian Infantry Battalion took part in the Second Battle of Passchendaele, the final stage in the Battle of Passchendaele. Coming from Potijze via ‘H’ and ‘K’ track, the battalion assembled at Seine where it would rest for 24 hours prior to the attack. During the 5th of November the soldiers seek shelter on the island that was Seine in the midst of a sea of mud. Battalion headquarters where moved to a pill-box at Hillside Farm. In the evening the companies moved from Seine to the jumping off position in rear of the 24th Battalion.
The fight opened early with the British firing heavily on the German positions followed up with heavy barrages of artillery fire. Zero hour was fixed at 6 am. The battalion reached their objectives, namely the ruines of Passchendale, without great difficulties but with a cost of approximately 200 casualties.
It was during this attack that Lee Wood was reported missing and later killed in action. The location of his body remains unknown to this day and therefore he is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial on Panel 26.

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