Rex WOODGATE

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WOODGATE, Rex

Service Number: NX5318
Enlisted: 3 November 1939, Parramatta, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Granville, New South Wales, 28 July 1919
Home Town: Granville, Parramatta, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Accidental (POW of Germany), Berlin, Germany, 19 April 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Nov 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX5318, Parramatta, New South Wales
19 Apr 1945: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX5318, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

His parents were Osbert Wilfred WOODGATE and Annie May HEATH who married in 1902 in Inverell, NSW

"...NX5318 Private Rex Woodgate, 2/4 Battalion. A labourer from Merrylands, New South Wales, prior to enlistment he embarked from Sydney on 10 January 1940 for the Middle East. He was hospitalised in October 1940 and following convalescence he was transferred to 19 Australian Infantry Training Battalion which was then located at Beit Jirja, Palestine. In March 1941 he embarked for operations in Greece. In April 1941 Pte Woodgate was reported missing in action and was subsequently confirmed to be a prisoner of war in Germany. He was transferred to a number of internment camps and while at Stalag 357 in April 1945, the prisoners were marched around the countryside for a period of three weeks. During that time the column was attacked by air and Pte Woodgate was killed in action on 19 April 1945. He was aged 24 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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