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Arthur Holroyd O'Hara Wood (1890–1918)

Sincere regret will be expressed at the news of the death in France of Maior Arthur Holroyd O'Hara Wood, Royal Flying Corps, elder son of Mr O'Hara Wood the well known barrister. Major O'Hara Wood was an Old Melburnian with a distingiushcd school and University career he was equal head of the Melbourne Grammar School with Captain H. G. Colville with whom he was on the Alfred Hospital staff when war broke out. He was proxime accessit for the physics exhibition at the Senior Public examination in 1908 and entering Trinity College in 1909, he won the prize for forensic medicine. He graduated M.B. Ch.B. at the Melbourne University with honours in surgery and obstetrics in 1914. He was a well known athlete, being in the Grammar School cricket, football, and lawn tennis teams. He was the public schools tennis champion in 1903 and represented Victoria at lawn tennis against New South Wales for three years and also against South Australia. He won the lawn tennis single championship of New South Wales in 1913. He also had the uncommon distinction of being a triple blue of the Melbourne University gaining his colours in cricket tennis and rifle-shooting. He was on the staff of the Alfred Hospital as resident medical officer when war broke out soon afterwards he went to England to take up flyng, and made such progress that his promotion was rapid and only a few weeks ago news was received of his having gained his majority.

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'O'Hara Wood, Arthur Holroyd (1890–1918)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 April 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • O'Hara-Wood, Arthur Holroyd

10 January, 1890
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


6 October, 1918 (aged 28)

Cause of Death

air crash

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