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David was born in December 1892 in Llanddew, Brecon to Richard and Sarah Wood. He was baptised in St Mary's Church, Brecon in March 1893 when the family address was 3, Mainwaring Court. His father's occupation at the time was drainer, which probably referred to digging drainage trenches.

By 1901 the family were living at Oxford Road in Hay where Richard is listed as a general labourer. David has one older sister, Ellen (Nellie), living at home at this time, although there were older siblings at home earlier. The family later move in to Brecon and are living at 29, Newgate Street, Llanfaes, Brecon in 1911 and whilst Nellie is no longer at home, younger brother William was born in 1901. Richard is still listed as a general labourer, as is David.

David had been in the local territorial force, and possibly spent a short time with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the special reserve. In March 1914 he enlists in the South Wales Borderers at Wrexham. At the time of attestation his occupation was coal miner and he was living away from home. This enlistment did not work out and he was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service in November 1914, at Pembroke Dock. However, David appears to be resilient and

Private Charles William Henry Winstone

Border Regiment 8th Battalion, service no. 29531

Died on August 16th, 1918

Buried at Vendresse British Cemetery, France

Private David Joseph Wood

Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 2nd/7th Battalion, service

no. 267198

Killed in action March 22nd, 1918, aged 25

Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, The Somme,


He was initially listed as missing on May 27th, 1918, but in August his father, then living at 32, The Struet, was informed that Charles was a prisoner of war in Germany and doing quite well.  Unfortunately, whilst nearly all the other Brecon boys who were prisoners of war in Germany returned home safely, Charles died of dysentery whilst in the hands of the enemy.

By 1919 the family had moved to Birmingham, which is also the address held for Charles.

Charles was born in Brecon in 1899; his parents were Percy and Jessie.  They lived at 24, The Struet. His father was a tailor. By 1911 the family had moved to 5, St John’s

Road and Charles attended Brecon County School and was a member of the Brecon Church Lads Brigade.  He later went to work for Coppage and sons, ironmongers.

He enlisted in Brecon in 1917, originally with the Cheshire Regiment, then the Manchester Regiment and finally the Border Regiment.