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Arthur O'Hara Wood

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Full name: Arthur Holroyd O'Hara Wood
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Bio He was the elder son of Catherine Compton O'Hara Wood and the late John James O'Hara Wood.
O'Hara Wood was educated at Melbourne Grammar School, where he showed his talent in tennis and he was boxing champion of the school. Then he attended Trinity College, Melbourne University where he was Blue in Tennis, Cricket and Rifle (Blue is an award earned by athletes at a university and some schools for competition at the highest level). He worked at Alfred Hospital after graduating M.B., Ch. B., then Arthur O'Hara Wood became a Victorian tennis representative 1910-14.
He won the men's singles tennis championship of NSW in 1913 and of Victoria in 1914.
In 1914, he won the Australasian Championships, played in Melbourne, defeating compatriot Gerald Patterson in the final in four sets. In 1915, after the outbreak of the First World War, O'Hara Wood joined the Royal Flying Corps. He had service in France and did instructional work in England in 1916. He was temporarily transferred to the Australian Flying Corps in France. On July 17, 1918, he celebrated his third anniversary at the war, and has been appointed to an important post at flying school in England. In 1918 Major O'Hara Wood was in command of a squadron when during a patrol over Saint-Quentin, France on October 4, 1918, another aircraft flew into his. He died on October 6, 1918, at the 37th Casualty Clearing Station from multiple injuries. He is buried at the Bronfay Farm Military Cemetery in Bray-sur-Somme.
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