Ottiwell Wood 1890 - 1935

Ottiwell was born at 10 Market Street, Rhyl, North Wales in 1890. (It is now a hotel). His father - John Rider Wood, was a cashier in a wool brokers office. His mother, Margaret Wood, formerly Kaye.

In the 1891 census, the family, including Ottiwell's elder brother, John Rider, (born 1887 in Lambeth, London) were living in Everton, Lancashire.

By 1901, it appears that Ottiwell's parents went their separate ways, so his mother, Margaret, brought the children up single-handedly.

In June 1923 Ottiwell married Violet Hutchinson (Known as Ivy - born Johnson) at St Marys Church, Liscard. They were both working for the White Star Line, when they met - she was a stewardess and Ottiwell was a head salad chef. They must have left the White Star Line to begin life together ashore.

There is a photograph (in the gallery) which was taken outside The New Inn at Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, where Ottiwell became a Licensed Victualer for a while. (If you look at the Licence plate above the door- you can just make out "Ottiwell Wood - Licenced Retailer of Beer & Tobacco to be consumed on the premises".

He is seen enjoying a pint with his brother-in-Law, Henry Meyer (Hilda Meyer was Violet's sister).

The couple had two sons: Harold Lovell Wood in 1926, and John was born in Bampton in 1927.

Ottiwell, then decided to go back to sea and he joined the White Star Liner, SS "Majestic" which made a regular voyage from Southampton to New York and back.

Ottiwell died in a Sanitorium in Bishopstoke, Eastleigh, Hampshire, aged 45 years, his wife, Violet had died in childbirth 2 years previously.

His occupation at time of death was "a ships steward" and his address was noted on the Death certificate as "of The Chase, Bishops Waltham Road, Hants."

Present at his death was his mother, Margaret Ann Wood who was residing at 34 Holland Road, Wallasey.