Wilfred Reginald WOODWARD


WOODWARD, Wilfred Reginald

Service Number: 2758
Enlisted: 1 June 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 11 October 1896
Home Town: Medindie, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Christian Brothers College, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Insurance clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 26 September 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial
Memorials: Adelaide Christian Brothers' College WW1 Roll of Honor, Adelaide Fire Underwriters' Association of S.A. WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide Marine Underwriters Association of S.A. WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

1 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2758, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2758, 50th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
23 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2758, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Adelaide
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2758, 50th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.

Woodward went to Christian Brothers’ College, Adelaide. He served three years cadets 80 th Battalion and transferred to the Citizen’s Forces 79 th Battalion. He was a member of the staff at the Union Insurance Society of Canton, Limited at the Adelaide Branch where he was held in high esteem. On arrival in England he spent 3 ½ months at the signalling school at Cudford Camp, Salisbury Plains. He passed his examinations successfully and left for France as a first class signaller. - The Observer 10/11/1917 p38

Woodward was killed in action during his first action. He was killed at Polygon Wood just after leaving the first line, a quarter of hour an hour after the first barrage opened. He was killed by a shell but a witness told that there wasn’t a mark on him and was probably killed by concussion. - Red Cross Files