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Thomas Beal WOOD

Regimental number12792
Place of birthManchester England
Address5 Park Terrace, Gilberton, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Wood, c/o Mrs Thompson, Brighton Road, Middle Brighton, South Australia
Enlistment date18 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 31 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 4 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the after of 6th July, 1917, at GOOSEBERRY Farm Advanced Dressing Station, near MESSINES, Private WOOD was one of a party of stretcher bearers carrying cases from the Advanced Dressing Station to a waiting ambulance about 400 yards away. Owing to the heavy shelling in progress the motor ambulance was unable to approach closer. After loading the cases the ambulance proceeded down the road until it was blocked by a quantity of sleepers and debris thrown onto the track by a shell exploding nearby. As the shelling was still continuing the car retired and Private WOOD went forward with Private WHALLIN and under fire they cleared the road sufficiently to enable the motor ambulance to get through. They signalled the ambulance to come on and continued their work of clearing the road until the last moment, when they swung into the moving ambulance as it went pst. The work was carried out with a total disregard to personal safety and enabled the patients to be moved from a particularly dangerous spot as the enemy was shelling the whole road and delay might easily have resulted in disaster.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death27 December 1966
Age at death77
Place of burialRenmark Cemetery, South Australia

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