Wood, Charles Altham


He was the elder son of Arthur Henry Wood CB, and Katharine Mary Altham Wood (daughter of the Reverend H.A. Cumberlege, Rector of Ockham). The family home was Romeyns Court, Great Milton, Oxfordshire. His younger brother was Arthur Michael Wood (E1932-34).

Wood came to Winchester in Short Half 1930 and started in Junior Part, Middle Division. He was head of his house in 1934-35 and in School IV. He enjoyed any constructive job, such as building a boat with Laverty for the Sailing Club.  He was studying to be an architect at the Oxford School of Architecture when war broke out.

He joined the RNVR and became a Sub-Lieutenant in 1940, serving on board HMS Diamond, a D-class destroyer.  He was killed in action on board Diamond in Nauplia Bay, Greece on 27th April 1940 when British troops were being evacuated from the Peloponnese under intense air attack.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 61, Column 3 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Wood
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Altham
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1930-1935
  • Rank: Sub-Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
  • Date of Birth: 15th April 1917
  • Date of Death: 27th April 1941
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 61, Column 3