Edwin Kirk Wood (1899 - 1918)

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Edwin Kirk Wood
1899 - 1918
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c. 1899
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September 2, 1918
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Edwin Kirk Wood was born c. 1899. He died on September 2, 1918 at 19 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 47616
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Essex Regiment
Unit/ship/squadron: 10th Bn.

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Edwin Kirk Wood died on September 2, 1918 at 19 years old. He was buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension Viii. A. 6., France. He was born c. 1899. We have no information about Edwin's surviving family.

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In 1899, in the year that Edwin Kirk Wood was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1900, by the time he was merely 1 year old, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 5.0% and the cost of a first-class stamp was $0.02. 31% of all workers were employed in the public service sector, 19% of women were employed (1 percent of all lawyers and 6 percent of physicians were women), 6% of the workforce were children, and 14% of the workforce was "non-white."

In 1907, Edwin was only 8 years old when the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

In 1918, in the year of Edwin Kirk Wood's passing, on November 1, an elevated train on the Brooklyn line of the subway - driven by an inexperienced operator because of a strike - tried to navigate a turn at 30mph. The limit on the curve was 6 mph. The 2nd and 3rd cars of the 5 car wooden train were badly damaged and at least 93 people were killed, making it the deadliest crash in New York subway history.

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