Percival William Brookfield WOODRUFF


WOODRUFF, Percival William Brookfield

Service Number: 4627
Enlisted: 30 October 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Barnsley, Yorkshire, England, December 1890
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Barnsley Grammar School, England
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Killed in Action, Pozières, France, 15 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

30 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4627, Perth, Western Australia
12 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4627, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4627, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle
15 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4627, 51st Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Percival William Brookfield WOODRUFF was born in 1891 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England to William James WOODRUFF and Kate BROOKFIELD who had married in the June quarter of 1889 in Barnsley - they lived at 241 York Rd, Leeds, UK

Percival arrived in Fremantle , Western Australia in early 1913 on the ship Orvieto which had left London on 20th December, 1912

He had previous service for 3 years with the RAMC 2 Northam, Western Australia before he enlisted on 20th October , 1915 at Blackboy Hill -he was living in Subiaco at the time. He was with the 11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcements and later transferred to the 51st Battalion

Percival was Killed in Action on 15th August, 1916 in France - no known grave - his name is commemorated on the Australian War Memorial & the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France

His photo came from a newpaper article (Sunday Times, Perth, WA , December, 1916 page 6)


Biography contributed by Carol Foster

10 March 1916 - Disembarked at Suez

19 April 1916 - Transferred from 3 Training Battalion to 51 Battalion

5 June 1916 - Proceeded to join BEF from Slexandria

12 June 1916 - Disembarked at Marseilles21 July 1916 - Promoted to tank of Corporal

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal