Geoffrey WOOD

WOOD, Geoffrey

Service Number: 2903
Enlisted: 1 April 1915, Queens Park, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Field Ambulance
Born: Parramatta, NSW, October 1895
Home Town: Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Kogarah Superior Public School
Occupation: Clerk - Sydney Morning Herald
Died: Natural Causes, 18 February 1972, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis), Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail Record of War Service
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2903, 5th Field Ambulance, Queens Park, NSW
31 May 1915: Involvement Private, 2903, 5th Field Ambulance, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ajana embarkation_ship_number: A31 public_note: ''
31 May 1915: Embarked Private, 2903, 5th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ajana, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Geoffrey was the only son of the late Mr. Reginald Wood and his wife Agnes, of Montgomery Street, Kogarah, NSW.  He was born at Parramatta in October 1895 and was educated at the Kogarah Superior Public School.  He joined the reading staff of the Sydney Morning Herald at the end of 1909.

He enlisted on March 28, 1915 in the 5th Field Ambluance, and first aw service in Gallipoli, where he remained until the evacuation.  He was in the famous fight at Hill 6 (Suvla Bay).  He was sent to France in March, 1916, and was in the fighting at Armentieres, Fleurbaix, Bois Grenier, Messines, Poziers, Ypres and Le Sais.  In the action at Le Sais he was badly wounded in the right arm with amputation being necessary.  After a period in hospital at Southall (London) and Plymouth, he returned to Australia resuming duties at the Sydney Morning Herald in November 1917.