North Watford History Group

Dr. Wood (Tertius Wood)


Tertius Thomas Bryce Wood was born on 9 October 1906, at 32 Summerside Street, Leith, Edinbugh. His parents were Thomas Thorburn Wood, a grocer and Rebecca Stark Wood, daughter of a linen manufacturer. [1]

Dr. Wood was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree, and by 1934 he was practising as a medical practitioner from 12 North Western Avenue, Watford. [2]

During World War 2, he served as a medical officer for civil defence. Throughout the war, doctors were assigned to local areas to deal with casualties in cases of serious incident. On 30 July 1944, Dr. Wood was called to one such incident following a direct hit from a V1 flying bomb in Sandringham Road, where he acted as officer in charge of the mobile casualty unit. [3] The Commonwealth War Grave Commission commemorates the deaths of 33 individuals, who died in properties 87–103 Sandringham road, and numbers 2 & 4 Parkgate Road. [4]

As a result of his brave conduct in civil defence on that day, Dr. Wood was awarded Member of the Order or the British Empire (M.B.E.) on 11 January 1945. [5]

In August 1947, Dr. Wood was appointed as the examining surgeon for the Watford district under the Factories Act of 1937. [6] In this position he was responsible for investigations and reports related to industrial accidents, and for ensuring workers aged under 16 years were fit for employment. The job would also have involved medical examinations of groups of workers from local factories, particularly in cases of notifiable diseases or compensation claims relating to industrial diseases. [7]

He held this post until his death in the winter of 1967. The following year, on 25 March 1968, his will of £57,000 was proved. [8]


Research: Rebecca; North Watford History Group.
Author: Rebecca; North Watford History Group.


  1. General Register Office for Scotland; Statutory Birth Register; Crown copyright, produced by ScotlandsPeople
  2. Original data from British phone books 1880-1984; List Of Subscribers To The London Telephone Exchange System, Part II, Entries L–Z, Nov 1934; page 1902; online index from
  3. The Times, 11 Jan 1945; page 8
  4. Debt of Honour Register; Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  5. The Times, 11 Jan 1945; page 8
  6. Gazette issue 38057, 26 Aug 1947; page 2
  7. Long, Vicky; Health in the Workplace from the Factory Acts to the Second World War; University of Warwick;
  8. Latest Wills; The Times, 25 Mar 1968; page 10

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