1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment 1944-45 - Awards and Citations
WS/Sergeant Sidney Walker WOOD (5252596)
Sidney Wood was recommended by Lieut.-Col. A. W. N. L. Vickers on the 2nd December 1944 for an immediate Military Medal.
Military Medal (London Gazette date 22nd March 1945)
“On 19th November 1944, the Battalion had attached and captured RISCHDEN, and Sergeant Wood was bringing the Mortar Platoon to a previously reconnoitred position in the rear of the village. Whilst he was setting the Mortars up, the Platoon was suddenly engaged by a German machine gun from about 100 yards away. The first burst mortally wounded his D.R. and the remainder of the Platoon was so pinned down that the slightest movement brought fire from the German positions. Sergeant Wood managed to reach his D.R. to see if he could help, but found that he was dead. From there he crawled for about 200 yards to a tank that was in support of a Company, the crew of which was unaware of what was happening. He arranged with the Tank Commander to cover him with fire whilst he, Sergeant WOOD, planned to rush the position with some of the Mortar Platoon. He then crawled back to the Platoon and told them of his Plan. When the tank opened fire he led a section over the field and destroyed the Machine Gun.”
Sidney Wood was born at Wollaston, Stourbridge on the 22nd April 1918.
He became a member of the Mortar Platoon when the 1st Battalion was reformed in January 1943.
Died 2nd July 1987, age 69 at Dudley
Sergeant S. W. Wood
Mortar Platoon, 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment (1944)