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Regimental number3971
Place of birthSheffield, England
AddressGlenville, Heydon Street, Enfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, E Woodhead, Glenville, Heydon Street, Enfield, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A7 Medic on 30 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 28 March 1918
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialRidge Wood Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row Y, Grave No. 1), Voormezeele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Ernest and Gertrude Evelyn WOODHEAD

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He and another man were Nos. 1 and 2 of a Lewis gun team with a limited field of fire. The enemy had reached to within 50 yards of our line when they sprang out of the trench, and, standing on the parapet, Private Woodhead fired the gun, resting it on his comrade's shoulder, and continued until the remnants of the attacking lines retired and they were ordered back into the trench. They inflicted severe casualties on the enemy, and contributed largely to the utter defeat of the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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