Charles was born in Berkhamsted in 1887. He was one of four children born to Alfred and Elizabeth Wood. The family lived at 206 High Street where Alfred ran a tobacconist shop. Charles joined the Army on 10th January 1907; prior to this he had been a chauffeur. He married Rose Grover on 23rd January 1912 in Islington, London. Rose was also born in Berkhamsted.
When war broke out in 1914, Charles was quickly mobilised as part of the British Expeditionary Force and went out to France on 10th August that year. Charles and Rose’s first child – Alfred Charles – was born a few months later on 31st October 1914, in Berkhamsted. Their second son – Arthur Vivian – was born in Edinburgh on 13th June 1916. The army records for Charles no longer exist but it is likely he was wounded and sent home because he joined the Royal Flying Corps as 2nd class Air Mechanic on 27th October 1916. The RFC papers state that he had a wound to his left forearm. He worked as an Engine Fitter. On 1st April 1917 he was promoted to 1st class Air Mechanic and was transferred to the Royal Air Force when it was formed on 1st April 1918. On 25th May 1918 their third child, Alice May, was born in Birmingham.
Corporal Charles Wood died on 11th November 1918, Armistice Day, in Hounslow Military Hospital. He died of pneumonia following influenza. He left behind a widow and three children under the age of five. They lived at 39 Gossoms End.