Lieutenant John William Hood

  • 1894-1918
  • Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Died of influenza 15 November 1918, aged 28
  • Educated St Olave’s Grammar School, London
  • Graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge
  • Master at Abingdon School for the Michaelmas term 1915

From The Abingdonian December 1915

We have here, therefore, with great regret to say farewell… to Mr. J. W. Hood, BA, Selwyn College, Cambridge, who joined us this year in the place of Mr. Shelton; though this is a time when we should normally have the pleasure of welcoming Mr. Hood in this column. In every part of the School life he has greatly helped us and we had looked forward next term, in addition, to enjoying his expert tuition on the river.

From The Abingdonian April 1919

On Nov. 15th in France, of influenza, J. W. Hood. He was Science Master at the School during the Christmas Term of 1915 but remained only that term and later joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. Though with us for so short a time he made himself a place in every part of the School Iife and left the impression of a man of great earnestness and character and high ideals.


Handwritten war record
Transcript of handwritten war record:

116 Lowden Road, Herne Hill, SE 24, London

The late Lieut. John William Hood BA (Honours) Camb. was a Class Master at Abingdon School, Sept. to Dec. 1915. He joined the Inns of Court OTC Jan 1916. Was gazetted 2nd Lieut. RGA October 1916, and joined the 39th Siege Battery in France Nov. 1916. (Photo taken then at age 27) For the next two years he took part in severe fighting in Belgium and France. He was “Mentioned in Despatches” Dec. 1917 and in April 1918 was promoted Lieutenant. In Nov. 1918 whilst in close pursuit of the enemy he was stricken with influenza and on the very day the Armistice was signed was admitted into hospital at Valenciennes and died there on 15th Nov. 1918. His Major states: “Morally and professionally a better officer never stepped”.