Ernest Banks Wood (1886 - 1917)

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Ernest Banks Wood
1886 - 1917
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c. 1886
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January 4, 1917
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Ernest Banks Wood was born c. 1886. He died on January 4, 1917 at age 31.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 46066
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
Unit/ship/squadron: 26th Bn.

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Ernest Banks Wood passed away on January 4, 1917 at age 31. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery X. D. 3a., Belgium. He was born c. 1886. We have no information about Ernest's immediate family.

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In 1886, in the year that Ernest Banks Wood was born, on June 13th, the "Great Vancouver Fire" destroyed most of Vancouver, British Columbia. A small brush fire got out of control and spread to the rest of the city. Dozens of people died and it was only after the fire that money was raised for a fire hall. The local Squamish tribe rescued people who had jumped into bodies of water to escape the conflagration.

In 1898, at the age of only 12 years old, Ernest was alive when magnate and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company controlled 84% of the oil and pipelines in the United States. Rockefeller grew Standard Oil through the merger of several other small oil companies throughout the U.S., creating a monopoly.

In 1900, at the age of only 14 years old, Ernest was alive when the U.S. population exceeded 75 million, rising about 13 million from the 1890 census. 87.9% of the population was white, 11.6% was African-American, 0.7% was Hispanic, and 0.5% was Native American, Asian, and other minorities.

In 1904, Ernest was 18 years old when the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1917, in the year of Ernest Banks Wood's passing, "I Want You" became famous. James Montgomery Flagg's poster, featuring Uncle Sam and based on a 1914 British poster, attracted thousands of U.S. recruits to WWI duty. Over 4 million posters were printed in 1917 and 1918.

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