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Charles Harold Wood, OBE

Charles Harold Wood, OBE

Male 1904 - 1980  (75 years)

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  • Name Charles Harold Wood 
    Suffix OBE 
    Census 1901  Queens Road, Bradford, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    age 2, son 
    Born 10 Nov 1904  Bradford, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptism 15 Nov 1904  St Barnabas, Heaton, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Charles Harold Wood baptism 1904
    Charles Harold Wood baptism 1904
    Gender Male 
    Census 1911  Emm Lane Bradford, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    scholar, age 6, son 
    Military service 1946 
    Acting Squadron Leader Charles Harold WOOD. (89194), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Source: London Gazette 
    Occupation aerial photographer 
    Died 1980  Wensleydale, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I8388  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2012 

    Father Charles Wood, OBE,   b. 1864, Barnet, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Gertrude Dawson,   b. 26 Sep 1867, Skipton, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F3377  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. David Wood
     2. Malcolm Wood
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F3378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • HERITAGE OF SKILL (c.1962) is one of a very large collection of films made by film production company C. H. Wood of Bradford: over 3000 films and videos dating back to 1915. Charles Wood senior was a notable gas engineer, gaining an OBE in the 1880s, and who was later to design Moscow's gas system after the 1917 revolution. His son, Charles Harold Wood, set up the company of C. H. Wood's in Bradford in the 1920s. Charles was employed by both Pathe and Gaumont as a cameraman for the northern region.
      The C H Wood company specialised in aerial photography and filming. Charles used the expertise he had developed through his aerial photography to good effect during the Second World War when he pioneered infra-red lenses, used by the dambusters, and for which he too earned an OBE.
      When his sons, David and Malcolm Wood, took over the company was for a time known as 'Wood Visual Communications'. The company operated from Manningham Lane before moving to Leeds Road in Bradford. They were one of the most important film producers in Yorkshire, making mainly promotional or publicity films for private companies, not just local, but also national and international, for such as Yamaha, Castrol and Wallace Arnold, the holiday tour operators. These films, known as Public Relations Films, were distributed all over the world. They also made films for non-commercial organisations, covering special events, training films and public information films, especially road safety films. David expanded the business into making a wide variety of films and won awards including a BISFA and at Cannes and Bologna. Perhaps most impressive within the overall C. H. Wood Collection is the large number of films they made of motorcycle racing, mostly moto cross, such as the Scott Trials and the Ilkley Grand National. These include pre-war vintage motorcycle racing, and cover the 1940s and 1950s. Charles Wood started out as an apprentice fitter with Scott Motorcycle Company in Bradford, and was himself a motorcycle trial rider. David was making sound recordings of motorcycle events from the age of eleven. It was in filming motor cycling that his career as a filmmaker began.
    • (Research):http://goo.gl/zFDYI
      "There have recently been exhibitions in Bradford and Shipley of photographs from the archive of C H Wood (Charles Harold Wood), now in the permanent collection of Bradford Museums and Galleries at the Industrial Museum. C H Wood started his career as a photographer in 1922 and later set up C H Wood (Bradford) Ltd, providing photographs for industry, commerce and advertising. He worked for most of the big textile, engineering and manufacturing firms in this area and specialised in aerial photography. The company closed down in 2002. The archive is now interesting because it provides a record of how Bradford and the surrounding areas have changed over sixty years."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2682] birth i8388.

    2. [S2684] baptism i8388.

    3. [S2683] 1911 Census i8387.

    4. [S2685] death i8388.