Private Wilfred Wood survived the Great War and was awarded the Victoria Cross ‘for conspicuous gallantry’. Private Wood was given a civic reception at the Mechanics Institute (now the Civic Hall) next to Dale House, on his return. He was a railway worker, who lived most of his life in Hazel Grove, rising from shed cleaner to fireman and then engine driver. A LNWR locomotive was named ‘Private Wilfred Woods VC’ in his honour. After it was scrapped, the nameplate was presented to his old school and then to his old regiment.