He was one of eight children of John Wood and Caroline (nee Charman). The family moved around Surrey a little, but Albert eventually settled in Nutfield not long before the outbreak of war.
He’d married Sarah Ann Grove in Croydon on 28 May 1898, and their son Ernest John was born on 14 July 1898. While Albert and Ernest are found living with some of Albert’s siblings in both 1901 and 1911, Sarah is not with them, and hasn’t been traced elsewhere. However, when Albert joined up she was listed as his next of kin and living at 20 Tower Terrace, Nutfield, and electoral registers show the whole family living there after the war. Both Albert and Ernest are shown as being absent voters on the Naval and Military list in the immediate post war years but I’ve not been able to confirm details of Ernest’s service.
Ernest married in 1934, and around this time Sarah also disappears from the electoral rolls, although there is no obvious death registration. However, by 1939 Albert is listed as a widow in the 1939 Registers.