- Name: Wilfred WOOD
- D.O.B: 2nd Feb, 1897
- D.O.A: 28th Oct, 1918
- D.O.D: 8th Jan, 1982
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 10th Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
The Piave Front, Italy 27, 28 and 29 October 1918
27. 28 and 29 October 1918
The First World War 1918
On 24 October 1918, the final offensive of the Italian campaign, now known as the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, was launched by the Allies on the Piave front. The British were in the centre of the front, north-east of Treviso. On the morning of 27 October 8th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment took part in the crossing of the Piave, wading through the river from Papadopoli Island, and advancing to Tezze. Sergeant W McNally distinguished himself by his gallantry in this action. The next day the Yorkshires reached Vazzola and on the 29th crossed the Monticano river on their way to Cimetta. On the far side of the Monticano Sergeant McNally further distinguished himself. In the same offensive Private W Wood, 10th Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers, showed conspicuous bravery near Casa Van on the 28th. By this stage, Austria-Hungary was on the verge of internal collapse and an Armistice came into force on 4 November 1918 bringing the war on this front to a close.
For most conspicuous bravery and initiative on 28th October, 1918, near Casa Van, Italy, when a unit on the right flank having been held up by hostile machine guns and snipers, Pte. Wood, on his own initiative, worked forward with his Lewis gun, enfiladed the enemy machine-gun nest, and caused 140 enemy to surrender. The advance was continued till a hidden machine gun opened fire at point blank range. Without a moment’s hesitation Pte. Wood charged the machine gun, firing his Lewis gun from the hip at the same time. He killed the machine-gun crew, and without further orders pushed on and enfiladed a ditch from which three officers and 160 men subsequently surrendered. The conspicuous valour and initiative of this gallant soldier in the face of intense rifle and machine-gun fire was beyond all praise.