1. Memorial:Tehran War CemeteryII. A. 11.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.139
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour30C GQS

Awards & Titles:

Mentioned in Despatches

Family :

Son of Frederick William and Emily Maria Wood, of Ex-Coastguard House, Queenborough, Kent. He lived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England in 1891.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: HMS Pyramus 

Mike: HMS Pyramus was a Pelorus class third class cruiser that served in the Pacific, off the east coast of Africa, in the Persian Gulf and in the East Indies during the First World War, taking part in the operations that destroyed the German cruiser K?nigsberg in July 1915. At the start of the First World War the Pyramus was part of the New Zealand Division, with her sister ship Psyche and the Pearl class cruiser Philomel (often grouped together as the ?P? class cruisers?). With this division she escorted the New Zealand expedition that captured Samoa at the end of August 1914. After that the division escorted the first New Zealand troop convoy on the first stage of its journey to Britain, taking it as far as Albany, on the south west coast of Australia. In November the New Zealand Division was split up. Philomel and Pyramus were sent to Singapore to form part of the cordon being put in place to prevent Admiral von Spee?s powerful East Asian squadron from breaking into the Indian Ocean. She was then sent to East Africa, where she relieved HMS Fox on the blockade of the K?nigsberg in the Rufiji River. There she destroyed the British tug Adjutant to prevent her falling into German hands after her crew had been forced to surrender. She remained off the Rufiji until the K?nigsberg had been destroyed in July 1915. From East Africa she was sent to the Persia Gulf, to help protect the vital Persian oil supplies. On 20 August she took part in operations against the Turkish garrison of Doha fort, which was handed over to the Sheikh of Qatar. Once the danger in the Persian Gulf was over, the Pyramus joined the East Indies squadron. During the raid of the Wolf in 1917 she was used to guard the transport route between Aden and Colombo.

Action : Naval Campaign 

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations where attrition rates are in ones and twos and which do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes Merchant Navy losses.

Detail :

He served in the military on 8 September 1900 in Royal Navy, Essex, England aboard HMS Ganges as a Boy, 2nd class aboard training ship HMS Ganges under Commander Joseph Ridgway Bridson. His last service date 19 Sep 1913 aboard HMS Perseus. His Regimental No.: CH/211530. Served, 1911 in Royal Navy, East Indies. Aboard HMS Odin a screw sloop operating in the East Indies Under Commander Frederick H Walter. He rose to the rank of Yeoman of Signals by 1915. Whilst serving with HMS Pyramus Frederick stated to have been killed in action on 9th September 1915, aged 30 whilst in the Persian Gulf as a result of direct enemy action. He was buried in 1915 at Indo-European Telegraph Department Cemetery, Bushire, Persian Gulf in Tehran War Cemetery, Iran.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 7th September 1915 - "The following have been mentioned in despatches for good services in action:- Yeo. Sig. Frederick Samuel Wood,O.N. 211530 (killed in action - 9 September 1915, HMS Pyramus, Persia (nhn))."

His death was reported in the Leicester Daily Post on 15th September 1915 in The Persian Gulf.

Frederick is commemorated on the Queenborough War Memorial.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Phoenix No. 1860 E.C.South Africa (Western)

26th April 1915
24th May 1915
5th June 1915

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