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WOOD, Douglas Barry (1941-2019)

WOOD, Douglas Barry (1941-2019)

Doug Wood (Rowing 3rd VIII, 1958).

Doug Wood (Rowing 3rd VIII, 1958).

'Doug' Wood, engineer, became known internationally when he was kidnapped in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005 during the US occupation.

He was kidnapped on 29 April and was shown on the al-Jazeera television network on 2 May pleading for his life and urging Australia and the United States to withdraw their troops from Iraq. On 7 May, a battered and bruised 'Doug' Wood with two machine guns held to his head was again shown in video footage. On 15 June, during what was described by Brigadier-General Jaleel Khalaf Shewi, an Iraqi commander, who led an ‘ordinary cordon and search’ operation, 'Doug' Wood was located and freed after the house in which he was held was raided. He had been held captive for forty-seven days.

'Doug' Wood is one of four sons born to Rev Gillam Albert McConnell and after attending Swanston St State School in Geelong was educated at Geelong College from 1951 to 1958 where he rowed in the 3rd VIII in 1958 and played in the Under 16 B Football Team of 1957. In 1958, he was a corporal of 8 Platoon in the College Cadet Corps. His father, Rev Gillam Wood (1910-1993) and three brothers all attended the College.

Doug passed away aged 78 on 31 December 2019.
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