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James William Leigh Wood

Male 1870 - 1949  (79 years)



  • Name James William Leigh Wood  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 1870    [2, 4
    • son of J. W. Wood
    Occupation 1888 -  with Cox & Co, bankers  [2
    Military Service abt 1900  South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location ; Anglo-Boer War  [2
    • mentioned twice in despatches & awarded the Queen's Medal
    Marriage abt Nov 1900  St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 5
    Joanna Elizabeth Turnbull,   b. abt 1870, Wellington, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Aug 1955, Uxbridge Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Decoration 1902  CMG  [1, 2
    Occupation 1908 - 1937  Merchant Banker, Brown Shipley & Co  [2
    Military Service 1916 - 1919  General Staff, War Office  [1
    • mentioned in despatches
    Decoration 1918  CB  [2
    Decoration 1919  KBE  [2
    Post/Rank/Title bef 1919  Lieut-Colonel  [1
    Name Change 1919  James Leigh-Wood  [2
    Residence 1927  24 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 6
    Death 21 Mar 1949  32 Upper Brook St, Mayfair Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 7
    • On March 21, 1949, at 32, Upper Brook Street, W.1, Sir James Leigh-Wood, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., whose remains were cremated at Golders Green on March 24, in the presence of his family, in his 79th year. He asked that there should be no service of commemoration, but hoped for the silent prayers of his friends at home and oversea when they knew of his passing. [The Times, 25 Mar 1949]
    Burial 24 Mar 1949  Golders Green Crematorium Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Notes 
    • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir James Leigh-Wood, K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., for many years a considerable figure in the City, died at his home in London on Monday at the age of 78.
      James William Wood (he assumed the additional surname, Leigh, in 1918) was the son of the late J. W. Wood and was born in 1870. At the age of 18 he joined the banking firm of Cox and Company and began those travels in India and the colonies which were to give him an abiding enthusiasm for Imperial solidarity, so that for many years he took a deep interest in the Royal Empire Society and was a vice-president at the time of his death.
      He served in the Army during the South African war, was mentioned twice in dispatches and awarded the Queen's Medal. In 1902 he was made a C.M.G. Six years later he was admitted to a partnership in Brown, Shipley and Company, merchant bankers, and played a very full part in the affairs of the company for nearly 30 years. During the 1914-18 war his services in administrative posts at the War Office were mentioned in dispatches and he was made a C.B. in 1918 and a K.B.E. a year later. Meanwhile his reputation in the City continued to grow and he was invited to join the boards of a large number of important banking and insurance companies. When he retired from Brown, Shipley and Company in 1937 he retained other important interests, including the deputy chairmanship of the Eastern Bank (of which he later became chairman), his seat on the London Board of Advice of the National Bank of Australasia, and his directorship of the Commercial Union Assurance Company, which he had previously served as chairman.
      While a young man living abroad he had taken part in most forms of sport and he became associated with track athletics in 1927 through the activities of his son. When the Empire Games were instituted in 1929 he was invited to become chairman of the federation and of the council in England. He accompanied the team to Canada in 1930, took an active part in the organization of the games in London in 1934 and in Sydney in 1938. His advice and help were sought by and willingly given to a number of philanthropic bodies and for many years he was a vice-president of the Boy Scouts' Association and the Gordon Boys' Home. He was also a governor of Christ's Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital. A liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company, he was appointed one of his Majesty's Lieutenants for the City of London in 1930.
      He married in 1900 Joanna Elizabeth, daughter of the late Walter Turnbull. There were two children of the marriage, a son and a daughter.
      [The Times, 25 Mar 1949]
    Person ID I1225  Tatham | Heathcote branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2010 

    Family Joanna Elizabeth Turnbull,   b. abt 1870, Wellington, NZ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt Aug 1955, Uxbridge Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Marriage abt Nov 1900  St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 5
    Notes 
    • Mary only dau.
      Only son Roger Leigh-Wood (1906-1987): educ Winchester & Trinity College, Oxford; prominent athlete (Pres. Oxford Univ. Athletic Club, 1929; British Olympic Team, 1928; Empire Games Team, 1930); chairman Chartered Bank, Commercial Union, etc.
    • 7 serv. in Apr 1911
    Children 
    +1. Mary Leigh Wood,   b. 26 May 1905, Paddington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1975, St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F0388  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Anglo-Boer War - abt 1900 - South Africa Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1927 - 24 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S05] The Times, obituary, 25 Mar 1949.

    3. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Pancras, 4Q1900.

    4. [S07] Other Sources, National Portrait Gallery.

    5. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 10 yrs

    6. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 19 Apr 1927.
      dau Mary

    7. [S05] The Times, death notice, 25 Mar 1949.