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William Thomas WOODWARD

Regimental number4533
Place of birthBundaberg Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationCarpenter
AddressMount Larcom, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather, John Woodward, Mount Larcom, Queensland
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 30 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll26th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the attack near BEAUREVOIR, east of PERONNE, on 3rd October, 1918, this man was in charge of a party which he had organised on our right flank. Observing that an enemy machine gun was firing into our troops from the right, he with his party took up an exposed position, sniping at the machine gun position and gradually working up to it, eventually rushed the gun and crew, capturing it. 25 prisoners were taken in this machine gun post, including a Battalion Commander and part of his staff. his coolness and courage in a difficult position gained the admiration of his comrades, and set a fine example to them all. Throughout the whole action this man displayed great fighting qualities and absolute disregard for personal safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death28 August 1953
Place of burialMt Thompson Crematorium

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