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James Deans Wood
In memory of
Warrant Officer Class I
James Deans Wood
January 18, 1951
Miryang, South Korea
- Service Number:
- Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C.
- 2nd Battalion
- Distinguished Conduct Medal, Infantry (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 17 February 1945. "On 20 October 1944, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was ordered to secure a bridgehead over the River Savio. "A" Company's task was to establish a bridgehead in the area Casa Medni to Casa Saladini. Sergeant (Acting Warrant Officer II / Acting Company Sergeant-Major) James Deans Wood was Company Sergeant-Major of this Company. It was not possible to make a thorough reconnaissance of the proposed crossing place or of the approaches to the river previous to the attack owing to their exposed position. The attack was launched at 1710 hours under extremely heavy fire from enemy machine guns, mortars and artillery and over ground that was found to be mined. The crossing was accordingly found to be an extremely dangerous undertaking owing to this enemy opposition and to the swollen nature of the river. Completely disregarding these dangers, Sergeant-Major Wood, who arrived at the river with the leading elements, remained there under fire during the whole crossing and personally assisted seventeen non-swimmers across to the other bank. A reconnaissance of the objective, in which he took part, revealed that it was very strongly held by machine guns from well concealed positions. While the company moved to surround the position, Sergeant-Major Wood worked his way forward to within 85 yards of the position and then, dashing across the open stretch of ground, he threw hand grenades into one of the machine gun posts killing two of the enemy and forcing three into the open where they were taken prisoners. On the afternoon of 21 October 1944 while he was escorting a wounded officer to the river crossing at TAY, an enemy sniper opened fire at close range from a dug-in position. Sergeant-Major Wood immediately attacked this position with hand grenades, killing one German and capturing two others."
- November 17, 1915 Ranfurly, Alberta
- September 6, 1950 Calgary, Alberta
Son of Jeanie (née Deans) and Jack Wood of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of Ian, William, Christine Kirkpatrick and Sgt Alvin Wood killed in action in Italy on 17 September 1944. Husband of Mary Norma Louise Wood, of Calgary, Alberta.
- UNITED NATIONS CEMETERY (BUSAN) , South Korea
- Grave Reference:
- Plot 2, Row 1, Grave 37
- The United Nations Cemetery is located in Tanggok, a suburb of Busan. The land for the cemetery was granted to the United Nations by the Republic of Korea as a tribute to all those who had laid down their lives in combatting aggression and in upholding peace and freedom. There are 2,267 servicemen buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Of these 1,538 were Commonwealth soldiers, including 376 Canadians.
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