Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Hubert Kenneth Wood

Photo of Hubert Kenneth Wood
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1900 - 1904.

Regiment: Kings African Rifles.
Died: 16 May 1917 aged 31 in Tanzania. Died of Malaria at Morogoro.
Battle: East African Campaign. Cemetery: Morogoro VII A 12

Son of H. J. Wood, Rissington, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames. b. 1886.
Middle IV—Upper V. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Brasenose College, Oxford; B.A. (Third Class Jurisprudence) 1907.
In business; Coffee Planter and Farmer in British East Africa.
Great War, Lieutenant King's African Rifles (German East Africa).

'Hubert Kenneth Wood, like his elder brother now serving as Captain in the A.S.C., was one of the many Malvernians whom Brasenose has been glad to welcome in the last twenty years. During his three years' residence he showed his energy in many ways. He played football (Association) and cricket for the College, rowed in the Second Torpid, and took Honours in the Law School. After leaving Oxford he went into business in the City, but the life did not suit him, and about five years ago he started coffee planting in British East Africa. He worked very hard at this and had been very successful. In July 1914 he came home, because he had suffered from fever and had been ordered by his doctor to remain out of the colony for six months. Nevertheless he returned shortly after the declaration of war, thinking it his duty to do so. He accepted a commission in the King's African Rifles, and went through all the earlier fighting in German East Africa, but from the un-healthiness of the country he again contracted fever, and was invalided to the Cape, where he remained in hospital for some months. As soon as he could obtain leave to do so, he started back to the front, and though, as he said in his last letter written at Dar-es-Salaam, the doctors were ordering him back to Nairobi, he persisted in applying for leave to re-join his men knowing that they were short of officers. This leave he must have succeeded in obtaining, for it is known that he died of malaria at Morogoro on May 16. His friends, while sorrowing deeply for his loss, will cherish the memory of the spirit in which he sacrificed his life.' (Oxford Magazine).