I had a really interesting phone call on Friday evening regarding my Aldeburgh War Memorial Research – a gentleman called me regarding the name Reuben William WOOD shown on the memorial. Someone in Aldeburgh had seen my articles requesting research help and asked this gentleman if Reuben was his father as he had the same name – my contact replied no it couldn’t be as his father was too young to have fought in WW1.
However his curiosity got the better of him and his wife did some further investigating and discovered that the Reuben William WOOD on the memorial was his Grandfather’s brother who had been killed in WW1 on 7th August 1916 aged only 17. He then realised that his own father had been named after this Uncle who had been killed and he had never known this information – he said he has lived in Aldeburgh all his life and walked past the Memorial many times and never knew that he had a relative named on it!
He thanked me for doing my research which had led to this discovery and he said this has sparked his further interest in his own family history.
A great phone call and a really interesting result!