Woodland, Ernest Edwin (Gunner, b.1896 - d.1917)


Collection relating to the First World War service of 664 Gunner Ernest Edwin Woodland, 36th Australian Heavy Artillery Group and later 54th Siege Battery, France, 1917.

Collection consists of two letters regarding the death of Gunner Woodland. The first is dated 1 May 1917, from a Sergeant McDonald of the British 54th Siege Battery (Woodland transferred to this British unit a week before his death) to Gunner Woodland's father two days after his death. The letter explains how Woodland was killed (shrapnel wound to chest), how he was buried, and sends condolences from the unit's commanding officer.

The second letter, dated 19 September 1925, is written by 'Edith', to 'Ethel' and discusses having seen Gunner Woodland's grave, various other cemeteries in the area, the destruction of surrounding towns, and a recent visit to Paris.

Gunner Woodland was killed in action on 30 April 1917.