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Thomas Charles Wood (1913-1997)
Thomas Wood was born in the Westboro neighbourhood of Ottawa. Primarily self-taught, he did on occasion work under the tutelage of Franklin Brownell and Frederick Horsman Varley at the Ottawa Art Association.

He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in May 1943. He served as a war artist from February 1944 to March 1946. He was present at the Normandy landing, and then served on board motor torpedo boats, frigates and corvettes. Posted to Newfoundland near the end of a war he painted a number of canvases there. After demobilization, he returned to Ottawa and worked as a designer. 

Lieutenant Thomas Charles Wood sketches a ship in Newfoundland.
 2 February 1945. 

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