Alfred Arthur WOOD DCM, MM


WOOD, Alfred Arthur

Service Number: 1346
Enlisted: 19 February 1915, Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 19th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, 1894
Home Town: Liverpool, Fairfield, New South Wales
Schooling: Liverpool State School, NSW
Occupation: Railway carriage builder, carpenter
Died: Died of wounds, Stourbridge General Hospital, United Kingdom, 14 December 1916
Cemetery: Stourbridge Cemetery
Row C, Grave 326
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Granville War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1346, 19th Infantry Battalion, Liverpool, NSW
1 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 19th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1346, 19th Infantry Battalion
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1346, 19th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne D Company
2 Sep 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1346, 19th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Company Sergeant Major, 19th Infantry Battalion, Temporary until 13.11.1916
26 Sep 1916: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, For conspicuous and consistent gallantry and devotion to duty. On two occasions he extinguished fire in bomb stores at great personal risk and under heavy shell fire Commonwealth Gazette No. 184
27 Oct 1916: Honoured Military Medal, At Gallipoli, early in Sept, 1915 when in charge of a post only 15 years from enemy trenches he kept enemy bombers from interfering with the work of consolidation of trench Commonwealth Gazette no. 62
14 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1346, 19th Infantry Battalion, Western Front
14 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1346, 19th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Alfred Arthur WOOD was born in Bathurst, NSW in 1894

His parents were George Walter WOOD & Sarah Ann CHILVERS

He was serving in the 43rd Werriwa Infantry before he enlisted in Liverpool on 19th February, 1915 as a Private and was promoted to Sergeant on 1st May, 1915 - he then embarked with the 19th Infantry Battalion, D Company from Sydney on the HMAT Ceramic on 25th June, 1915

He was wounded at Gallipoli on 2nd September, 1915

He was promoted to Company Sergeant Major temporarily on 20th September, 1916 until 13th November, 1916 - the following day he reverted back to Sergeant and was also wounded again in France at the Western Front

Alfred died from his wounds on 14th December, 1916 and is buried in Stourbridge Cemetery in England (Row C, Grave no 326)

His brother, Hubert John WOOD (SN 2278) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919 - he was awarded the Military Medal

Awards & Medals:

Distinguished Conduct Medal & Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal