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William Noel WOOLCOCK

Regimental number31904
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSpringsure, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, R Woolcock, Old Marmadilla Lease, Springsure, Queensland
Enlistment date4 July 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 Roll13th Light Trench Mortar Battery
FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919

Military Medal

'During an enemy attack on the Railway Arch at DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT on 5th April 1918, he worked unceasingly to keep his Mortar supplied with ammunition throughout the attack. When the Mortar had been destroyed to prevent it falling into enemy hands and the crew as ordered to withdraw to the line in rear, he assisted his N.C.O., who was wounded, to a place of safety under heavy Machine Gun fire. Later, he carried a message through heavy shell fire to Battery Headquarters.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 31935 Pte Richard Edwin WOOLCOCK MM, Army Employment Company, effective abroad (still overseas).
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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