George Wesley Wood (1876 - 1918)

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George Wesley Wood
1876 - 1918
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c. 1876
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April 10, 1918
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George Wesley Wood was born c. 1876. He died on April 10, 1918 at 42 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 4 And 5. in Belgium
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Service number: 53368
Rank: Private
Regiment: Cheshire Regiment
Unit/ship/squadron: 11th Bn.

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George Wesley Wood passed away on April 10, 1918 at 42 years of age. He was buried in Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 4 And 5., Belgium. He was born c. 1876. There is no information about George's family.

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In 1876, in the year that George Wesley Wood was born, on June 4th, the Transcontinental Express - an express train - arrived in San Francisco, using the 7 year old transcontinental railroad line. It took 83 hours and 39 minutes from New York City - about 3.5 days - to cross the country.

In 1881, when he was just 5 years old, on April 28th, Billy the Kid escaped from the Lincoln County Jail in New Mexico. He killed James Bell and Robert Ollinger in the escape and then stole a horse and rode out of town. On July 14th, Pat Garrett shot and killed Billy the Kid in Billy's friend's home near Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

In 1891, at the age of merely 15 years old, George was alive when on March 14th, a lynch mob stormed the Old Parish Prison. The mob lynched 11 of the 19 Italians who were arrested for - but found to be innocent of - the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy.

In 1900, at the age of 24 years old, George was alive when when Floradora opened on Broadway. A huge success in London - opening in 1899 and running for 455 performances - the musical was even more successful in New York - running for 552 performances. The "Floradora girls" were the hit of the show - a "sextette of tall, gorgeous damsels, clad in pink walking costumes, black picture hats and carrying frilly parasols who swished onto the stage and captivated New York for no other reason than they were utterly stunning" ("tall and gorgeous" translated to 5'4"). A sensation, each Floradora girl was said to have married a millionaire.

In 1918, in the year of George Wesley Wood's passing, in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

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