British Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles Wood, age 34, from Middlesbrough, England, was caught in a blast from an improvised explosive device as he led the clearance of a route through the Khushdal Kalay area of the Helmand River Valley, Afghanistan, on December 28, 2010.
His colleagues described the soldier, of 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, as a "consummate professional".
Charles Wood leaves behind his wife Heather, mother Barbara, father John and sisters Samantha and Amanda and numerous other loving relatives and friends. His wife said "He will be sorely missed by those who had the good fortune to have met and known him. He will be forever in our thoughts for the rest of our lives."
Charles Wood deployed to Afghanistan on November 6 as an advanced search adviser, trained to co-ordinate the detection of IEDs. He joined the Army in 1994 and also served in Iraq and Bosnia, and had raised thousands of pounds for forces charities.
His colleagues described him as a "huge character" who volunteered for the job of advanced search adviser "in full knowledge of the potential risks".
Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Charles Wood is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen