Milton was born in about 1888 in Dewsbury, Yorkshire to Harry Wood, a brass finisher, and his wife Zilpah, nee Hoyland. His parents married in 1885 and Milton appears to be an only child.
The family live in Halifax for many years, although Harry has become a warehouseman by 1911, and Milton is working as a brewer’s clerk. His mother Zilpah died in 1912.
Milton later works for the Cardiff City police, but had enlisted and joined the Royal Army Medical Corp by 1914, entering the war in mid-August of that year.
Whilst home on leave from France in December 1915 Milton married Frances May Davies of Brecon. May's family lived at Free Street in the town but at the time of the wedding she was living at the King's Arms Hotel with her sister and brother in law. Her brother was Lieutenant William Davies who also features in this book.²⁹
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Private Milton Horace Wood
Royal Army Medical Corps/ 3 General Hospital, service no.
Drowned at Sea. May 5th, 1917, aged 29
Commemorated on the Savona Memorial, Italy
later joins the Welch Regiment, enlisting at Pontypridd, although this is soon followed by a transfer to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
In April 1915 David married Ellen Thomas of Steynton, Pembrokeshire, although his parish at this time is shown as Pontypridd.
The 2nd/7th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment was initially formed in 1914 as a second line battalion, but became part of the South Warwickshire Brigade, 2nd South Midland Division. In August 1915 they were redesignated as the 182nd Brigade, 61st Second South Midland Division. They landed in France on May 21st, 1916.
David would have been involved in a number of major battles in his two years in France, culminating in the Battle of St Quentin, as part of First Battles of the Somme (1918).