Before joining the army in 1915, Walter Bertram Wood, the son of Walter James and Annie Jane Wood, was a Boy Scout coast watcher. During the summer of 1916, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. In March 1917, he was sent to France where he flew Nieuports with 29 Squadron. By August, he'd shot down 13 enemy aircraft when he was sent home to England and reassigned to 44 Squadron. While practicing air combat maneuvers in November 1917, the 19 year old ace was killed when his Sopwith Camel crashed for no apparent reason. Wood and his brother are the subjects of J. Bygott's book, "Two Soldier Brothers."
Military Cross (MC)
2nd Lt. Walter Bertram Wood, Hamp. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on many occasions, when engaged with hostile aircraft, during which he has shown a fine offensive spirit and the utmost fearlessness. He has had no less than twenty-three combats, in the course of which he has destroyed and driven down numerous enemy machines, frequently attacking several single-handed, and on one occasion fighting with his revolver when he had run short of gun ammunition.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 17 September 1917 (30287/9587)
Military Cross (MC) Bar
2nd Lt. Walter Bertram Wood, M.C., Hamps. R. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in attacking enemy aircraft. On several occasions he has shown admirable dash and determination in attacking hostile machines single handed, destroying some and driving others down out of control. He has also displayed great daring in attacking enemy intantry and transport with machine-gun fire at very low altitudes, in spite of attacks by hostile aircraft whilst so engaged.
(M.C. gazetted 17th September, 1917.)
Supplement to the London Gazette, 9 January 1918 (30466/580)