Edward Allan Wood

Brigadier General Edward Allan Wood CMG, DSO & Three Bars (6 May 1865 – 20 May 1930) was a British Army officer. He saw service in Rhodesia, the Second Boer War and the First World War, and was briefly Commandant of the Auxiliary Division during the Irish War of Independence.[1][2]

Edward Allan Wood
Born6 May 1865
Died20 May 1930 (aged 65)
London, England
BuriedHighgate Cemetery
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1892–1906
RankBrigadier General
Commands held55th Brigade (1917–18)
6th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry (1917)
Battles/warsJameson Raid
Second Boer War First World War
Irish War of Independence
AwardsCompanion of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order & Three Bars
Mentioned in Despatches
Croix de guerre (France)

Early life

Wood was born in India. He was the ninth son of Oswald Wood, a civil servant who later became a judge. Family resources were limited, and Wood joined the British Army as a private soldier in 1892, first enlisting in the 2nd Dragoon Guards and later transferring to the 17th Lancers. He served as an officer in the Bechuanaland Border Police (Botswana Police Service), the Matabeleland Mounted Police and the British South Africa Police, in the 1890s. He joined the Bechuanaland Border Police column in the Jameson Raid in 1895–96 and was captured in the Transvaal Republic. He served with the Matabeleland Relief Force during the rebellion in 1896. He later served in the Second Boer War in 1899–1902 and was present at the relief of Mafeking in 1900. He resigned from British South Africa Police in March 1906.[3]

First World War

On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Wood rejoined the British Army and became a company commander in 6th Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He became a temporary lieutenant colonel in 1917, and won the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and a Bar while commanding the 6th Battalion, the first announced in the January 1917 New Year Honours,[4] and the second announced on 26 September 1917 (with the citation published on 9 January 1918).[5]

Wood was promoted to brigadier general to command the 55th Infantry Brigade (in the 18th (Eastern) Division) on 9 November 1917, and commanded the brigade until he went sick on 24 October 1918. A second Bar to his DSO was announced on 16 September 1918, and third Bar on 12 December 1919.[6][7]

He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the January 1919 New Year's Honours List and also received the French Croix de guerre.[8][9]

Later life

Wood was demobilised in early 1919, and he joined the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary in October 1919. He was deputy commander under Frank Percy Crozier, and took command in February 1921 after Crozier resigned. He was bankrupted in 1921.

He had married Myra Cotterell in 1898 and they had a son. He remarried in 1916, to Marguerite Dawson, widow of Joseph Gillott. He died 20 May 1930, from cirrhosis of the liver, and was survived by his second wife and son from his first marriage.[10][11]


  1. ^ ‘WOOD, Brig.-Gen. Edward Allan’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 31 Dec 2013
  2. ^ Brigadier-General E. A. Wood (Obituaries), The Times Wednesday, May 21, 1930; pg. 21; Issue 45518; col C
  3. ^ Edward Allen Wood, University of Birmingham
  4. ^ First DSO: The London Gazette, Issue 29886, Page 28, 29 December 1916
  5. ^ First Bar: The London Gazette, Issue 30308, Page 9968, 26 September 1917 and The London Gazette, Issue 30466, Page 560, 8 January 1918
  6. ^ Second Bar: The London Gazette, Issue 30901, Page 10854, 16 September 1918
  7. ^ Third Bar: The London Gazette, Issue 31684, Page 15438, 12 December 1919
  8. ^ CMG: The London Gazette, Issue 31092, Page 4, 1 January 1919
  9. ^ CdG: The Edinburgh Gazette, Issue 13540, Page 4094, 17 December 1919
  10. ^ "An Army Officer's Affairs." The Times, 18 October 1922
  11. ^ "Brigadier-General E. A. Wood." The Times, 21 May 1930

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