088 – Tree 402

Private George Arthur Wood 40th Battalion, killed in action on 26 April 1918

Tree No. 402 on the Soldiers Memorial Avenue was planted in memory of George Wood on 3 August 1918. He was a 26 year old married baker from New Town. When George Wood died, he left behind a wife and children to mourn their loss as well as his parents. Did they all come together to plant this tree in his memory?

A large crowd turned out for the tree planting. Among them would have been men that had served with George Wood as a large number of returned servicemen attended providing a guard of honour. Others had also helped with the preparation of the site.