Harold WOODBURY MM

WOODBURY, Harold

Service Number: 5477
Enlisted: 13 January 1916, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Gosford, New South Wales, 1895
Home Town: Mangrove Creek, Gosford Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Gosford, New South Wales, 9 May 1966
Cemetery: Point Clare General Cemetery, NSW
Plot: Sect. CE 10 Row 7 Plot 8
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World War 1 Service

13 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5477, Liverpool, New South Wales
14 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5477, 4th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
14 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5477, 4th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 56th Infantry Battalion
21 May 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Devotion to duty
17 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5477, 56th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, Gassed
2 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 5477, 56th Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, 2nd occasion (GSW chest and arm)
23 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 5477, 56th Infantry Battalion

An ordinary, very brave, man.

Harold Woodbury was born in 1995, in the Gosford area of NSW. his parents were Edwin Joseph Woodbury and Frances Ann Atkins. His great grandfather, Richard Woodbury was a convict sent to Australia for stealing. On his mothers side, his great grandfather was John Donovan, also a convict, from Ireland. The families were pioneer settlers of the Mangrove Creek area (Gosford) NSW, AUS.

Harold married Doris Nellie Edge after the war, in 1928, they seem to have been farmers in the Mangrove Creek area for most of their married life.

Harold must have been a very brave soldier, being wounded badly in action twice and awarded a Military medal. He signed up agded 21 years. His brother, Sidney was killed in action in France, and was one of the soldiers at Galipoli.

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