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Archie WOOD

Regimental number781
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolGlen Innes Public School, New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Address'Hamilton', Victor Street, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice Hamilton Wood, 'Hamilton', Victor Street, Chatswood, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner, Australian Cemetery (Panel No 3), Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Annie WOOD; Wife: Alice Hamilton WOOD
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Statement by 779 Pte C.E. WIGGINS, 30th Bn, 7 January 1917: 'I was with Pte Wood when he was wounded. His wound was very serious, but I cannot tell you whether he died, though I would not have given much for his chance of living. He was wounded in the head, a bullet entered through his left eye and out of his head at the back. When I saw him last he was struggling with a fellow for possession of a rifle ... '

Note on file: 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that Soldier was deceased. May now be reported "KILLED IN ACTION" 20/7/16.'

Communication from Berlin (file p. 33): 'austr. Sold. Wood, A. 30. A.I.F. Nr. 781. am 19.7.16 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen'.

Note on Red Cross File No 3001001: 'Identity disc received from Germany and despatched to N/K. 20.6.17.'

Statement, 2185 Lance Corporal A. WEBSTER, A Company, 30th Bn (patient, 2nd Southern General Hospital, Southmead, Bristol, England), 8 December 1916: 'About 6 p.m. on July 19th we made an attack on German trenches near Armentieres. Just after leaving our trenches I saw Wood hit by a bullet from [a] machine gun. I spoke to him and he said he was dying. Both legs were nearly off and he was bleeding to death. Wehad to leave him. Later we retired but Wood was never seen again.'

Second statement, 779 C.E. WIGGIN, 30th Bn, 7 January 1917: 'I was with Pte. Wood when he was wounded. His wound was very serious, but I cannot tell you whether he died, though I would not have given much for his chance of living. He was wounded in the head, a bullet entered through his left eye and out of his head at the back. When I saw him last he was struggling with a fellow for possession of a rifle.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsWife's address subsequently 'Hamilton', High Street, Willoughby, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, WOOD Archie
Red Cross file 3001001

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