Alliott Alan Whitfeld Wood was born in Sydney on October 6, 1914. He was the son of George Arnold Wood, a brilliant English-born Australian history professor, and a nephew of
Hubert Edwin Whitfeld, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia. George Wood is best remembered for having the extreme courage to be an ardent opponent of British tactics in the
Boer War, publicly protesting against "a policy that is bringing everlasting infamy upon the English name".
Alan Wood graduated in arts from Sydney University and was a member of the Australian Christian Student Movement. After attending a movement conference at St Peter's College in Adelaide in late August 1935, he left for England, where he studied Modern Greats at Oxford University and became president of the Oxford Union in 1938. At the time he used a Corona 3 portable typewriter. As president of the union he succeeded Philip Toynbee and was succeeded by future British Prime Minister Edward Heath.
After the war Wood became head of the Overseas Food Corporation's Information Division, but left after exposing lies about the Tanganyika groundnut scheme (about which he wrote a book, The Groundnut Affair, in 1950). In September 1946, he married fellow journalist Winifred Mary Seaton, with whom he wrote books, including Islands in Danger (1955), a history of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. On his own Wood wrote biographies of philosopher Bertrand Russell, filmmaker J. Arthur Rank and newspaper owner Lord Beaverbrook, as well as Flying Visits, a 1956 work critical of Australia. Alan Wood died of an incurable brain disorder at the Atkinson Morley Hospital in London on October 27, 1957, aged just 43.
He lost a leg after getting during Operation Varsity, on 24 March 1945.
Stanley Maxted (August 21, 1894 – 10 May 1963) was a British Home Child who came to Toronto, Canada in 1906 via Fegan Homes. He lived with Dr. Malcolm Sparrow, dentist, and his family at 1437 Queen Street West. Twice wounded and gassed during the First World War, he survived and became a journalist and actor.
In Canada, Maxted worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and left the CBC to work for the BBC in England. Maxted reported for the BBC during the Second World War.
Maxted was part of the Public Relations team under Major R. W. Oliver that was present at the Battle of Arnhem alongside fellow BBC reporter Guy Byam and newspaper reporters Alan Wood of the Daily Expres and Jack Smyth of Reuters. Maxted later covered the war in the Pacific in 1945, which he described as more difficult than reporting from Europe due to the distances covered.
Following the war Maxted became an actor.
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