DOB: 22 December 1901
Died: 9 June 1941
From: Melbourne Grammar/Old Melburnians
Number: 2 1928
Born Percival Barnes in New Zealand but more often known as Barney, Wood played his football as an amateur defender and appeared in five games before joining West Perth in the WAFL. He had come to the attention of the Redlegs after playing for the Victorian amateurs against South Australia, and was called into the side for his debut with Melbourne in the middle of an injury crisis.
He was also the holder of several transcontinental motor records, and the talented cricketer Wood played a solitary first class match for Western Australia against South Africa in 1932. He made 8 runs in 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 joined the infantry instead. While serving as a Sergeant in the Middle East Wood was killed during combat in Syria when his unit were hit with a mortar strike.