DOB: 22 December 1901
Died: 9 June 1941
From: Melbourne Grammar/Old Melburnians
Number: 2 (1928)
Born 'Percival' in New Zealand but better known as 'Barney', the defender came to the attention of Melbourne after playing for the Victorian amateurs against South Australia. He was called into the senior side during an injury crisis, playing five games as an amateur before moving to West Perth in the WAFL.
Wood also held several transcontinental motor records. The talented cricketer also played a solitary first class match for Western Australia against South Africa in 1932. He made eight runs across two innings and took 0-16 as a bowler. He had also won a Victorian amateur welterweight boxing title.
Initially joining the RAAF at the outbreak of WWII, Wood tired of being left on the reserve list and transferred to the Army. Wood was killed while serving as a Sergeant when his unit in Syria was hit by a mortar strike.