By Day by day Mail Journalist
Updated: 09:00 BST, 31 December 2010
He was decided that, indeed in Afghanistan, Christmas Day ought to be extraordinary for the troops serving nearby him.
Not as it were did Warrant Officer Class 2 Charlie Wood offer assistance get ready Christmas supper for 150 of his men in Helmand.
But then, mindful that they would be missing their families 3,500 miles away in Britain, the 34-year-old bomb transfer master orchestrated an appearance by Santa.
‘Heart of gold’: Heather Wood, spouse of Squadron Sergeant Major Charlie Wood, 34, who has passed on in an blast in Afghanistan has paid tribute to her husband
The day finished with him co-ordinating the leeway of a 44lb bomb â€“ demonstrating once once more how, in his instructing officerâ€™s words, he â€˜always strived to lead from the frontâ€™.
Three days later, however, this uncommon warrior was dead, blown up by the Taliban as he driven the freedom of a course through the Khushdal Kalay region of the Helmand Waterway Valley.
The warrant officer, who had volunteered for the risky part of an progressed look counselor with 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Illustrious Strategic Corps, was nearing the end of the operation at the point when an Extemporized Unstable Gadget detonated.
Last night, his widow, Heather, paid tribute to the man she said had â€˜a heart of goldâ€™.â€˜The family have lost a son, a sibling what’s more, an uncle what’s more, I have lost my adoring spouse who was too my best friend,â€™ she said.
â€˜Charlie had an irresistible identity who made a positive impact on everybody he met; he had a heart of gold what’s more, charmed himself to everyone.
â€˜He will be distressfully missed by those who had the great fortune to have met what’s more, known him. He will be until the end of time in our musings for the rest of our lives.â€™
In the last year alone Warrant Officer Wood driven both a 24-hour paddling challenge, raising Â£5,500 for Offer assistance For Heroes, as well as running one kilometer for each trooper slaughtered in Afghanistan in help of the Armed force Considerate Fund.
Warrant Officer Wood, who had joined the Counter-IED Errand Force, was too a sharp sportsman what’s more, was a part of the regimental football group what’s more, the Nordic ski team.
Lieutenant Colonel Check Davis, ordering officer of the Counter-IED Assignment Force, said: â€˜He was a enormous character â€“ a finish live wire â€“ a man who never rested.
â€˜He was continuously on the go, continually considering ahead, arranging the next arrange what’s more, working out how best to accomplish the mission.
â€˜And who did he do this for? Absolutely not for himself; he did it for his men.â€™
He added: â€˜I find it troublesome to acknowledge that this fine man has been taken from us.â€™
Selfless: WO2 Wood was driving the leeway of a course through the Khushdal Kalay region of the Helmand Waterway Valley in southern Afghanistan at the point when he was killed
Warrant Officer Woodâ€™s passing was the to begin with among English troops after Christmas.
He had been sent to Afghanistan on November 6 as an progressed look adviser, prepared to co-ordinate the discovery of IEDs.
The Middlesbrough football fan, who joined the Armed force in 1994 what’s more, moreover served in Iraq what’s more, Bosnia, had raised thousands of pounds for powers charities.
Lieutenant Colonel Dom Fletcher, telling officer of 23 Pioneer Regiment, portrayed him as â€˜the perfect professionalâ€™.
â€˜He continuously strived to lead from the front what’s more, by example,â€™ he said. â€˜He would never anticipate his warriors to do any assignment that he was not arranged to do himself.
â€˜This was never more so than in his part as an progressed seek guide with the C-IED Assignment Force.
â€˜He volunteered for this requesting job, along with individual warriors from his squadron, in full learning of the potential risks.
â€˜As always, he tossed himself heart what’s more, soul into this new challenge, with his regular vitality what’s more, vitality.â€™
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said: â€˜It is clear from those who knew him that Charles Wood was a capable what’s more, hard-working officer who driven by example.
â€˜He played a fundamental part as part of the Counter-IED Errand Compel what’s more, gave his life moving forward the wellbeing of others, which reflects his benevolent demeanor to life. My contemplations are with his friends, family what’s more, associates as they come to terms with his loss. His give up will not be forgotten.â€™
Warrant Officer Wood, from Middlesbrough, clears out his wife, mother Barbara, father John what’s more, sisters Samantha what’s more, Amanda.
A add up to of 348 English military staff have passed on since operations in Afghanistan started in 2001.
Brought home: Corporal Steven Dunn was slaughtered in Afghanistan
The body of a English trooper murdered in Afghanistan was brought home today.
Corporal Steven Dunn kicked the bucket on December 21 in the Nahr-e Saraj zone of Helmand what’s more, was the 347th part of the UK military to bite the dust since operations in Afghanistan started in 2001.
The 27-year-old, known among partners for being ‘always in the thick of it’, was murdered at the point when his Jackal vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the Bowri desert.
The signaller, of the 216 (Parachute) Flag Squadron, appended to 2nd Brigade the Parachute Regiment Battlegroup, takes off a spouse Cheryl what’s more, little girl Emily.
His family paid tribute to him, issuing a explanation that said he cleared out ‘a tremendous gap in the lives of those he has cleared out behind’.
Corporal Dunn, of Gateshead, conveyed to Afghanistan in September what’s more, was on his third visit of the country.
His bosses said he was reserved for advancement with a brilliant future ahead.
His body was flown into RAF Lyneham this afternoon.
Return: Corporal Dunn’s body was flown into RAF Lyneham this afternoon
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