Augustus Oliver WOODS MC


WOODS, Augustus Oliver

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 3 May 1915, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Oatlands, Tasmania, 24 September 1885
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ironmonger
Died: Killed in Action, France, 2 September 1918, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Roll of Honour, Scottsdale Municipality Pictorial HR
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World War 1 Service

3 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, Hobart, Tasmania
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
1 Mar 1917: Honoured Military Cross, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
2 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 26th Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2nd Lieutenant Augustus Oliver Woods, MC, C Company, 26th Battalion, of Oatlands, Tas. An ironmonger prior to enlistment, he embarked from Brisbane, Qld, on board HMAT Aeneas (A60) on 29 June 1916. In August 1915 he was promoted to the rank Lieutenant and then in August 1916 to the rank of Captain. Woods was awarded the Military Cross 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the night of 1/2 March 1917 he rallied his men under heavy fire, and led them forward into the enemy's trench. He was wounded. He has at all times set a fine example of courage and determination.' He was then promoted to the rank Major (Maj) in late July 1918. A few months later Maj Woods was killed in action on 2 September 1918." - SOURCE (