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Oliver Holmes WOODWARD

Date of birth8 October 1885
Place of birthTenterfield, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMining engineer
AddressBox 10, Tenterfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinFather, Sydney Arthur Woodward, Box 10 Tenterfield, New South Wales
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal RollMining Corps
Promotions

Lieutenant


Unit: No. 1 Company, Australian Mining Corps
Promotion date: 15 June 1916

Captain


Unit: Australian Mining Corps
Promotion date: 23 October 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and determination when, after repeated attempts under very difficult circumstances he succeeded in blowing up a ruined house 120 yards from our trenches. This house had been frequently used as an enemy sniper post.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

Bar to Military Cross

'On 29th September 1918, at Bony, he was in charge of three sections working on forward road, under heavy enemy shell and machine gun fire. owing to the infantry advice being checked the position on the forward road became very involved. By his courage and resourcefulness in patrolling the road and organizing the work he succeeded in carrying the work forward; thus enabling the subsequent attacks to be carried through. He set a fine example to his men at a time when casualties were heavy, and rendered throughout the day very valuable and accurate reports.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

2nd Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the nights of 3rd-4th November 1918, at Rejet de Belieu, when his section was intrusted with the construction of a heavy bridge to carry tanks. The successful completion of this work within five hours after zero was mainly due to his detailed preparations made at very short notice, and to his example under intense artillery and machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920

Discharge date2 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross and 2 Bars, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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