Charlotte Wood

Charlotte Wood
 

Charlotte Wood (1861–1939) was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1911. Eleven of her sons or stepsons served in uniform during the First World War. Five of them were killed, including Peter Percy Wood, who died near Vimy Ridge shortly after the battle. He has no known grave and is among the more than 11,000 Canadians declared “missing, presumed dead” in France whose names are inscribed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. In 1936, Charlotte Wood was the first recipient of the National Memorial (Silver) Cross and represented Canada at the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial. To this day, a Silver Cross Mother lays a wreath at the National War Memorial as part of Canada's Remembrance Day ceremony, in one of the most moving and personal symbols of the effects of war on families and individuals.

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