William HOOD

In Memoriam
  • "A life over and done at far to young an age. What a shame..."
  • "Thank you for posting this memorial and confirming that..."
    - Pam Wilson
  • "Thank you for your service, you are remembered in our home..."
    - Debra Hood
  • "The Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren of Winifred Mary..."
    - S M Wright
  • "Remembering my great uncle William Rowland Errol Hood today..."
    - Christine Richards

William Rowland Errol: 73502
(1897 - 1918)
Errol, the youngest son of John and Margaret Hood, was raised in Mount Somers and attended Ashburton High School where he achieved outstanding academic and sporting success. After leaving school in 1915 he was employed as a clerk in the Ashburton office of the National Mortgage and Agency Company until he was called up in March 1917 to join the Canterbury Regiment, 2nd Battalion (South Canterbury), New Zealand Expeditionary Force and prepare to join the war effort for King and Country in Europe. On November 4, 2018, Errol was badly wounded while fighting with the New Zealand force liberating the French town of Le Quesnoy and he died three days later, aged 21 years. This was just four days before the Armistice was signed, marking the end of World War 1. Errol rests in peace in the Caudry British Cemetery, near Le Quesnoy.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
With gratitude, from your grand-nephew Errol Wood.

Published in The Press on Nov. 7, 2018