Frederick Norman Maurice WOOLFITT MM


WOOLFITT, Frederick Norman Maurice

Service Number: 2014
Enlisted: 7 March 1916, Adelaide South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Lillimur Victoria Australia, 1893
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Villers-Bretonneux Picardie France, 25 April 1918
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
(III. G. 15.) Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kaniva Serviceton Roll of Honor, Strathalbyn Christ Church Honour Board, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide South Australia Australia
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2014, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2014, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
2 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2014, 50th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
24 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2014, 50th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Frederick Norman Maurice WOOLFITT was born in Lillimur, Victoria in 1893

His parents were John WOOLFITT & Mary Jane FULLER


Lance Corporal (L Cpl) Frederick Norman Maurice Woolfitt, 50th Battalion from Strathalbyn, South Australia.

A 23 year old farmer prior to enlisting on 7 March 1916, he embarked for overseas as a Private with the 3rd Reinforcements for the 50th Battalion from Adelaide on 13 July 1916 aboard HMAT Seang Bee.

Following further training in England, he joined the 50th Battalion in France on 7 February 1917 and was wounded in action at Noreuil on 2 April. Despite his wounds he carried on fighting and was awarded a Military Medal for his bravery. After being evacuated to England for medical treatment, he recovered and rejoined the battalion at the end of August 1917.

He was wounded in action on the second occasion at Westhoek Ridge, Belgium on 29 September 1917. Two months later, he rejoined the battalion and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 17 January 1918.

L Cpl Woolfitt, MM was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux, France on 25 April 1918 and buried in the Adelaide Cemetery at Villers-Bretonneux.

Information from AWM image caption.