Archibald Charles Wood AM

b. 20/02/1905 Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland.  d. 09/02/1946 Provan, Glasgow, Scotland.

DATE OF AM ACTION: 08/02/1936 Nidhauli, India.

Archibald was one of six children of Charles Edwin and Annie Wood (nee Archibald). He was educated at Allan Glen’s School, Glasgow, and entered the RAF as a Boy Apprentice on 18th January 1921. He became a Aircraftman 2nd Class on 20th February 1923, and then Corporal in December 1932. At the time of the incident he was with 60 Squadron as a fitter of Aero Engines. He received his Albert Medal from King Edward VIII on 25th February 1937. Sadly, he died of pulmonary tuberculosis aged just 40 on 9th February 1946.



His former Majesty King Edward VIII was graciously pleased to award the Albert Medal to Corporal Archibald Charles Wood, No. 60 (B) Squadron, R.A.F., Kohat, in recognition of his conspicuous gallantry when the Royal Air Force aircraft in which he was a passenger was wrecked near Nidhauli, India, on the 8th February, 1936. Corporal Wood, who was uninjured but dazed as a result of the crash, re-entered the blazing wreckage in an endeavour to save the pilot. In doing so he received very severe burns as a result of which his left hand had to be amputated.