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Ernest Wood (1896 - 1918)

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Ernest Wood
1896 - 1918
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c. 1896
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May 27, 1918
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Ernest Wood was born c. 1896. He died on May 27, 1918 at age 22.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 35127 Rank: Private Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers Unit/ship/squadron: 14th Bn.
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Ernest Wood passed away on May 27, 1918 at 22 years old. He was buried in Hermonville Military Cemetery Ii. D. 9., France. He was born c. 1896. We are unaware of information about Ernest's family.
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In 1896, in the year that Ernest Wood was born, on January 28th, the first ticket for speeding - called "furious driving" - was issued. Walter Arnold of Kent England was fined 1 shilling plus costs - for going 8 mph. The speed limit was 2 mph.

In 1900, when he was merely 4 years old, a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1901, at the age of only 5 years old, Ernest was alive when shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1918, in the year of Ernest 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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