Major James Wood has retired as Officer Commanding 4 Company, after more than 45 years in uniform. He will continue with us as a Non-Uniformed Volunteer.
Major Wood’s military experience began as an army cadet at school in the 1970s. His experience there inspired him to join the army, and he was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1977. His army career proved interesting and varied, initially serving in Germany and the UK working with tanks and armoured vehicle-launched bridges. He became a bomb disposal officer, a line of work that subsequently took him to the Soloman islands in 1985. Here he conducted reconnaissance work to assess unexploded American and Japanese munitions from the Second World War. He said; ‘we visited the local museum and noticed that two of their exhibits, artillery shells, were still live. The museum staff weren’t very happy when we took them away and destroyed them!’