Charles Wood was born in Warwickshire, England in 1893. There is no information about when or how he arrived in Australia. When he enlisted in March 1915 he listed his father, still living in England, as NOK, and his calling as Scalper .
Charles was an original of the 26th Battalion. Much of his training was in Egypt before being transferred to Gallipoli.
After returning to Egypt Charles was charged with several offences: disobeying a lawful command; insubordinate language to an NCO; being five days AWL for which he was given 21 days detention.
For the June 6/7th Trench Raid Charles was designated a Spare Man.
In August, Charles received a GSW to an arm but was able to return to his unit within three weeks. In December he was hospitalised with haemorrhoids and then VD. While being treated in England he went AWL on several occasions – two of them for over a months absence. He was given 20 days detention and forfeited 43 days pay. He was eventually returned to France in October 1917.
Charles went AWL several times in 1918. The most serious resulted in a Court of Enquiry which declared: that No. 206 Pte Wood.C. illegally absented himself from his company while in the forward area on 21/5/18 and is still absent on this day 16/6/18.
Charles was subsequently arrested (21/7/18) and held in the FP (Field Punishment) compound. A Field General Court Martial held in France found him not guilty of desertion but guilty of AWL. He was sentenced to six months detention.
Charles’s detention was suspended on 24/9/18 and no disciplinary action was taken on his AWL owing to lack of evidence. He remained in France until early 1919 when he was transferred back to England for return to Australia on 28/2/19. He was discharged in June that year.
Nothing is known of Charles Wood’s post war life.
This may have been dingo scalping which was introduced in 1912.