Harold Wood was born at 37 Ivanhoe Street, Bootle on the 25th March 1895 and was baptised on the 5th May at St.John’s C.of E. Church, Bootle.
 
He was the son of Lawrence Davenport Wood and Emily (nee Jones) who were married on the 13th July 1892 at St.Mary’s C.of E. Church, Bootle. Lawrence was born at Bradford, Yorkshire and at the time of his marriage was a teacher of 114 Berry Street, Bootle. His wife Emily was a native of Bootle and was also a teacher, living at Delaware Street, Bootle.
 
1901 Census - 88 Linacre Road, Litherland - Parents Lawrence D and Emily with children Edith and Harold and also a servant.
 
1911 Census - 144 Gloucester Road, Bootle - Parents Lawrence Davenport Wood and Emily (Married 18 years with 6 children born and 5 still alive) and children Gwladys, Norman, Eric David and daughter Rotha. Lawrence was a Head Master – Elementary, for Bootle Borough Council.
 
1911 Census - “Fisgard” Boy Artificers 416 Mechanical Training Establishment, Portsmouth – Harold Wood – age 16 born Liverpool.
 
Harold joined the Royal Navy as a 'boy' in 1910. His service records can be seen at the National Archives [ADM 188/1023/2612]
 
He was killed at the Battle of Jutland on the 31st May 1916 whilst serving aboard H.M.S. Queen Mary.
 
His photograph was published in a commemorative booklet issued when the first part of the Bootle Roll of Honour was unveiled in 1916.
 
Reports on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 9th June 1916.
 
   There have, we believe, only been three nominations by the Bootle Education Committee of Technical School students for training as engine room artificers, and the portraits given above are of two who, chums at school and on the training ship, have given their lives for their country. Harold Wood, son of the Headmaster of St. John's School, Bootle, as reported elsewhere, went down with the Queen Mary. His comrade, Mark Tark, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Tarn, 16, Hornby-road, Bootle, died of dysentry in the Dardanelles, and is buried at Mudros. He was a lad of much ability, and had won his way into the Navy by sheer merit, having received a two year's scholarship from Christ Church School to the Junior Technical School, where his success as a student gained him the special recommendation of the Bootle Education Committee to the Admiralty for training as engine-room artificer on H.M.S. Fisgard at Portsmouth.

Bootle Times on the 9th June 1916

 Harold Wood, who was lost on the Queen Mary, was a son of Mr. Lawrence D. Wood, Headmaster of St. John’s School, and was 21 years of age. He was an old scholar of St.John’s and of Walton National School, formerly a member of St.John’s Choir and of Christ Church Lads’ Brigade. When 16 years of age, he obtained a nomination as boy artificer from the Junior Technical School. He went to Portsmouth to be trained, and was placed on H.M.S. Fisgard. In January, 1915, he joined the Queen Mary. As his parents heard nothing for several days after the reported disaster, they feared the worst. An official intimation received on Tuesday morning dispelled the last ray of hope.

Bootle Times 9th June 1916

 
Harold's parents were living at 102 Hawthorne Road, Bootle at the time of his death.
 
His father died at 10 Quarry Road, Bootle in 1939.