Richard Edwin WOOLCOCK

Regimental number31935
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSpringsure, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Woolcock, Old Marmadilla Lease, Springsure, Queensland
Enlistment date9 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Reinforcement 24
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Employment Company
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Military Medal

'During an enemy attack at Railway Arch, DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April, 1918, when acting as No. 1 on a Mortar, he continued to keep his Mortar in action throughout the engagement until the line was ordered to withdraw, when he destroyed it to prevent capture by the enemy. he also waited to assist a wounded comrade to a place of safety whilst under heavy enemy Machine gun fire, afterwards rejoining the line as an infantry man.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 31904 Pte William Noel WOOLCOCK MM, 13th Light Trench Mortar Battery, returned to Australia, 21 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death11 December 1971
Place of burialAllambe Gdns Cemetery