Walter Ferguson HOOD MC

HOOD, Walter Ferguson

Service Number: 72
Enlisted: 16 September 1914, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 46th Infantry Battalion
Born: Deniliquin, New South Wales, 27 September 1890
Home Town: Deniliquin, Deniliquin, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Melbourne, Victoria, 19 October 1971, aged 81 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Fawkner Memorial Park Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Deniliquin, New South Wales
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 72, 14th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 72, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
14 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 72, 46th Infantry Battalion
15 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 46th Infantry Battalion
11 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 46th Infantry Battalion
28 Jan 1920: Discharged AIF WW1

Military Cross

On the afternoon of 7th June,1917 at Messines 2nd. Lieu. Hood was in charge of a carrying party from Brigade H.Q. to the front line. He made several trips on this afternoon to the front line. All carrying had to be done over the open ground, and notwithstanding the heavy artillery and machine gun barrage which was playing incessantly on the ground traversed, and also the casualties his party sustained, he managed, by his gallant conduct and devotion to duty, under the most strenuous conditions, to maintain the supply of S.A.A. and grenades to the front line.

Recommended by Lieut. Colonel H. K. Denham D.S.O. 14th June, 1917

Signed by J. Robertson, Brigadier-General Commanding 12th Australian Infantry and William Holmes, Major-General Commanding 4th Australian Division

(from Army Form W. 3121)

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Biography

Medals: The Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

"OUR SOLDIER BOYS. Deniliquin Lad Awarded Military Cross.

Second-Lieut. Walter Hood has been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry in France, the coveted honor having been gained in the great battle of Messines. Lieut. Hood was amongst the first Deniliquin volunteers, and was twice wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. His promotion has been earned by service in the field, and his latest achievement puts the seal on his efforts. All Deniliquinites will join with us in congratulating Lieut. Hood, M.C., and in hoping that he will come safely through. His commanding officer, in informing Lieut. Hood of the award, wrote:—

"Please accept my hearty congratulations. You have brought honor to your battalion and to the brigade. To have been in the battle of Messines would make any man proud, and to have gained the M.C. in that operation is something that will be remembered for more than one generation." Lieut. Hood's battalion is the 46th." - from the Deniliquin Independent 07 Sep 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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