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Regimental number2193
Place of birthNewcastle New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse driver
AddressGipps Street, Carrington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Mary Woodbine, Gipps Street, Carrington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the operations of the 8th/9th August 1918 near VILLERS-BRETONNEUX. This N.C.O. is part of the Army Medical Corps Detail with the Battalion. On the 8th August the enemy were shelling Battalion Headquarters very heavily, when one shell wounded 4 Officers and 8 men, including the M.O. of the Battalion. Sergeant WOODBINE at once, together with Lance Corporal FAULKS set to work under fire and dressed the wounded, and supervised the evacuation to A.D.S. His exceptional devotion to duty on this occasion was responsible for the saving of the lives of several of the wounded, who otherwise would have bleed to death. During the whole operation, he was well forward with the Battalion, and he was responsible for the quick attention to many of the badly wounded men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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