Chailey Parish Magazine notes in October 1914 that Harry Wood is serving his King and Country and, twelve months later, notes that he is a private soldier with the 2nd King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in
. The following month it reports that he is now
a lance-corporal and serving with the 1st KOYLI in England . By the following April it reports that he is
in France Salonika.
Harry Wood appears to have served throughout the war, his name appearing for the last time in the magazine’s final roll call published in July 1919.
In October 1914 the 1st KOYLI was en route from
and did not arrive at Singapore Southampton until 9th November. On 16th January 1915 the battalion landed at Havre as part of
the 83rd Brigade in 28th Division. It
for Marseilles Salonika on 26th October 1915, arriving there on 7th December 1915. On
20th June1918 it left the 28th Division for and was
attached to the 151st Brigade in the 50th Division from France 16th July 1918.
Harry's brothers Charles and George also served their King and Country during the First World War. Like Harry, Charles Wood also served with The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was killed in action whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion in October 1914. It seems likely that both Harry and Charles were regular soldiers before the outbreak of war (although the KOYLI number listed above would not appear to be that of a pre-war regular soldier) and their brother George was also a career serviceman having joined the Royal Navy in 1904.