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Hubert John WOOD

Regimental number2278
Place of birthBathurst, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLetter carrier
Addressc/o George Walter Wood, Gas Works Bowral, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 4.25"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Walter Wood, Mill Road, Liverpool, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in Old Cadets.
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Walter and Sara Ann WOOD

Military Medal

'Early in the attack on MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918, this N.C.O. was wounded in the hand, but refused to hand over his gun which he continued to handle with splendid effect. Shortly afterwards, the pain of his wound, forced him to relinquish the gun to his No. 2, but he refused to retire, and went forward with his crew, directing their work. Later, he, single handed, rushed at some enemy in a post, killing two with his revolver, which caused the remaining four to surrender to him. He set a fine example of endurance and determination under very trying circumstances.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 1346 Sgt Alfred Arthur WOOD, 19th Australian Infantry Bn, died of wounds, 21 December 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, WOOD Hubert John

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