Lieutenant Charles Campbell Wood

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Reference WMO/265497


Hammersmith Bridge


W6 9DF


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Incised
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About the memorial: Charles Campbell Wood served in the South African Medical Corps during the Great War, and later joined the RAF. On the night of 27th December 1919, he dived from the centre of Hammersmith Bridge to save a woman from drowning in the Thames. In so doing he suffered a head-wound, and died of tetanus on the 10th January 1920. The plaque is on the handrail at the centre of the upstream (western) side of the bridge, at the approximate point from which the Lieutenant dived.
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Lieutenant Charles Campbell Wood R.A.F. / of Bloemfontein, South Africa, dived from this spot into / the Thames at midnight 27 Dec. 1919 and saved a woman's life / He died from the injuries received during the rescue ' ' 8

Charles Campbell Wood

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