Airman – Wood, Eric – Airman Killed.

August 1941

Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 03 August 1940

Airman Killed.

This is a photograph of Sergt-Observer Eric Wood (20), elder son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wood, of Daylands Avenue, who, as reported last week has been killed while serving with the R.A.F. Sergt. Wood was an old boy of Mexborough Secondary School, and at one time employed at Messrs. Kilner Bros, glassworks.

The funeral of Sergeant Observer Wood took place at Conisborough on Monday. A service, conducted by the Vicar, Canon H. T. Eddershaw, preceded the interment at the cemetery. The coffin was draped with the Union Jack, and was borne by members of the Denaby Main Wheelers’ Cycling Club, of whicn Sergt. Wood was a member before he volunteered for the Air Force.

Members of Conisborough’s Home Guard, under their Deputy Commandant, Mr P. Brocklesby, headed the cortege and also formed a firing party.

The mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wood (father end mother) Muriel Fred Wood. Mrs. Purdy. Mr. and Mrs. W. Linstead. Mr. and Mrs. R. Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. T. Purdy, Mr W. Purdy, Mr. and Mrs. M. Allen Mrs. F. Roberts. Mr. J. Cochrane. Mrs. Senior, Mrs. Howson. Elsie and Dorothy. Mr. Brogan (Scotland), Mr. and Mrs. Gladwin. Mrs. Haller. Miss D. Ogley, Miss E. Rigby, Miss Sylvia Spencer. Mrs. Williams. Mr. D Wakelin and two representatives from Messrs. Steel. Peech and Tozer’s offices, Rotherham, where Sergt Wood was previously employed. Bearers: Messrs. H. Marshall. L. Balmforth. H. Hill, R. Lidster. G. Marshall and A. Wain. Mr. R. Purdy (Sheffield) Mr. J. Pendy. Mrs. Hurry and son. Mr. T. Ford (Maltby) Mrs. Linstead. Mrs. D. Clark. Members from the Wheelers Cycling Club also followed. Floral tributes were from the family (in the form of an observer’s wing); the relatives; the officers, sergeants, the observers, and the airmen of Sergt. Wood’s R.A.F. Station; the Denaby Main Wheelers; Messrs. observerSteel, Peech and Tozer’s; neighbours: Chris. in Scotland: Mrs. May Woodruffe (Sheffield): Morley Place School. and many others.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Greathead. Bros. Ltd., Park Road, Conisborough.