Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2010, Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles Henry Wood, 23 Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, serving with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, was killed in Afghanistan.
At the age of seventeen WO2 Wood had joined the army in 1994, something he had been keen to do since he was a child. He had served in Iraq and Bosnia before deployment to Afghanistan, by which time his leadership abilities had been well-proven. Promotion was rapid, he was seen to be talented and successful, and was considering a Late Entry Commission. Keen on football all his life. WO2 Wood represented his regimental team as well as using his skills as trainer and manager. He also raised thousands of pounds for forces charities. On the day of his death, working as Advanced Search Advisor, he was leading the clearance of a route through the Khushdal Kalay area of the Helmand River Valley, when he was killed in an IED blast.
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Davis G.M. R.L.C. said of him: “The death of WO2 Wood has rocked the Counter-IED Task Force; it has taken us all by surprise and the corresponding sense of loss is massive. He was a huge character - a complete live wire - a man who never rested. He was always on the go, constantly thinking ahead, planning the next stage and working out how best to achieve the mission. And who did he do this for? Certainly not for himself; he did it for his men. His Pioneers looked up to him with the utmost respect; he was the archetypal Sergeant Major - firm but always impeccably fair and his ‘kids’, as he termed the soldiers, all loved him. He was completely selfless and led others as he expected to be led himself, a future RSM if ever I saw one. It is not I that say this of the Searchers, ‘they are exceptional and they display a special type of bravery’, they are the words of those they support and those who respect them for the unique and dangerous challenge they face on a daily basis.”
Charles, from Middlesbrough, was 34 years old and married.