Lieutenant Colonel Percy William Woods

Service number 85
Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Colonel, Major, Sergeant
Birth Date 08 November 1885
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death Date 05 January 1937
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 55th Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Sydney
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-01-01
Published in London Gazette in 1918-01-01
Published in London Gazette in 1919-02-01
Published in London Gazette in 1919-07-11
Published in London Gazette in 1916-01-28
Published in London Gazette in 1918-05-28
Published in London Gazette in 1917-12-28
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-10-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-06-29
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-10-30
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-04-06
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-04-18
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1918-04-18
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-06-03
Description

Percy William Woods was born in Sydney on 8 November 1885. After leaving school he worked as a decorator and was also commissioned as a lieutenant in the senior cadets of the Citizens' Forces. The 28-year-old enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 27 August 1914 and, having been allotted to the 3rd Infantry Battalion, departed Sydney on HMAT Euripides on 20 October 1914.

Woods took part in the Gallipoli landing on 25 April 1915. In a letter to a friend he wrote of the battle of Lone Pine, in which he had participated, and recalled the details of the attack. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his actions at Lone Pine and for his bravery and devotion to duty throughout the entire Gallipoli campaign. After the evacuation in December Woods was transferred to the newly formed 55th Infantry Battalion, with which he would serve for the remained of the war and would temporarily command.

Woods continued to distinguish himself on the Western Front. By June 1917, the man who had left Australia with the rank of sergeant was a lieutenant colonel. By the end of the war, Woods had been Mentioned in Despatches four times, had been awarded the Military Cross for his actions at Fromelles in 1916, and had received the Distinguished Service Order with Bar for his actions at Doignies in 1917 and Peronne in 1918 respectively.

In October 1918, Woods returned for Australia and in February the following year was discharged from the AIF. He died of cerebrovascular disease in Sydney on 5 January 1937, survived by his wife, Annie.

Rolls

Timeline

Date of birth 08 November 1885
Date of enlistment 27 August 1914
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 04 September 1914 Enlisted as a sergeant with the 3rd Battalion.
Date of embarkation 20 October 1914
Date commissioned 19 May 1915 Appointed 2nd lieutenant.
Date promoted 07 August 1915 Appointed lieutenant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 31 August 1915
Other units 13 February 1916 55th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 15 February 1916
Date promoted 12 March 1916 Appointed captain.
Other units 19 June 1916 Joined the British Expeditionary Force - Alexandria.
Other 06 September 1916 Appointed Adjutant.
Date of recommendation honour or award 12 October 1916
Date promoted 01 January 1917 Appointed temporary major.
Other units 10 January 1917 Temporary Commanding Officer of 55th Battalion.
Date promoted 14 April 1917 Appointed major.
Date promoted 19 June 1917 Appointed lieutenant colonel.
Other 19 June 1917 Commanding Officer of 55th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 20 September 1917
Date of recommendation honour or award 20 January 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 08 March 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 30 August 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 07 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 08 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 22 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 16 October 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 18 October 1918
Date returned to Australia 23 October 1918
Other 22 February 1919 AIF appointment terminated.
Date of death 05 January 1937