Dispatch Case and Maps

Dispatch case and maps on display

Dispatch case and maps on display

Loaned by Mr. Woody Woods. Charles Bertram Wood was a private in the Army Service Corps, and was aged 28 at the start of the war. His ID certificate lists features ‘a Roman nose’.

Charles was a motorbike dispatch rider and experienced the famous Christmas cease fire and celebrations between sections of the two armies. He also saw the horrors of the  2nd battle of Ypres, when the Germans first used gas. Just after the main assault was over, Charles had to ride through the battlefield, strewn with 100,000 bodies. His fascinating story, ‘Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition’ is recorded below.

His original dispatch case and printed and hand-drawn maps are displayed here.

Charles was awarded the 1914-15 Star and general service medals.

Towards the end of the war the Southern front collapsed and he was given a ribbon and stars by the King of Italy.