Alfred Charles WOODSFORD


WOODSFORD, Alfred Charles

Service Number: PM2477
Enlisted: 19 September 1939, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Leading Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
Born: Rosewater, South Australia, 18 March 1912
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Port Adelaide School
Occupation: Shipping Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Indian Ocean, 20 November 1941, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At sea
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Birkenhead HMAS Sydney (II) D48 Memorial, Geraldton HMAS Sydney II Memorial, Plymouth Naval Memorial to the Missing / Lost at Sea, Rosewater Junction Community Centre Honour Board (large)
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World War 2 Service

19 Sep 1939: Involvement Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman, SN PM2477, HMAS Sydney (II) - D48 WW2
19 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
19 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman, SN PM2477

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Acting Leading Seaman Alfred Charles Woodsford, 29, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Woodsford, of King William street, Rosewater, was educated at the Port Adelaide School, and employed for several years at the Port Adelaide office of the Adelaide Steamship Co., Ltd.
A reservist at Birkenhead Naval Depot, he continued his training under the voluntary system until his firm transferred him to Melbourne.  Volunteering for active service as soon as war was declared, he was one of the first of the old reservists to be called up. He won promotion while  serving in a minesweeper, and soon after was drafted to the Sydney. His brothers, Mervyn and George, are serving with the navy, and Albert with the air force.