Henry Wood was born in Aston, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England in the second half of 1881. He was the son of Henry Wood (1849-?), a glass blower, and Emily Lloyd (1853-1900). His father hailed from Dudley, Worcestershire and his mother from St Helens, Lancashire. They married in Lancashire in 1872.
Henry had eight known siblings: Henrietta (b. 1873), Mary Jane (b. 1875), Alexander (b. 1878), Joseph (b. 1883), Lily (b. 1887), May (b. 1890), John (b. 1892) and William (b. 1894).
Henry Snr and his wife spent time in Lanarkshire, Scotland (possibly Glasgow) for several years where their first two children were born. They resettled in Birmingham around 1878 and continued to live there. On the 1881 census, taken just months before Henry Jnr's birth, the family were residing at 28, Court 2, 90 Cromwell Street, Aston, Warwickshire.
Henry appears on the 1891 census whilst living with his family at 135 Leifer (?) Park, Aston but he would not appear on any further census records. This indicates that he may already have went to sea by the time of the 1901 census but there is some indication that he saw military service.
When the 1901 census was conducted Henry's father was now a widower living with his children Lily, May, John and William at 14 Lupin Street, Aston. His mother had passed away the previous year. What became of Henry's father is uncertain but he is believed to have died sometime shortly after.
When Henry signed on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, he gave his address as St Michael's House (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Corinthian. As a trimmer he would receive monthly wages of £5, 10s.
Henry was lost in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His sister May benefitted from the Titanic Relief Fund as a class G dependent.
Gavin Bell, UK
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