Private James Park Woods

Service number 3244A, 3244
Birth Date 1886-01-04
Birth Place Australia: South Australia, Two Wells
Death Date 1963-01-18
Death Place Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
  • 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-26
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23

Jimmy Woods was born in South Australia and raised by a stepsister after his parents' death. He tried to enlist in the AIF but was rejected as too short. Eventually accepted in Western Australia in September 1916, he reached France a year later.

Woods displayed great bravery in one of his battalion's last actions of the war on 18 September 1918 near Le Verguier. With a small patrol he captured a German post, then defended it against several counter-attacks by jumping onto the parapet and throwing bombs handed to him by his companions. He "displayed a splendid example of valour, determination and initiative".

Returning to Australia, Woods took up a small vineyard and orchard in the west. Plagued by ill health from his war service, he died in 1963. His eldest son, Pilot Officer Gordon Woods, was killed in flight training with the RAAF in 1943 and is commemorated on the Memorial's Roll of Honour.

Woods received the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First World War and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.



Date of birth 04 January 1886
Date of enlistment 29 September 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Awarded Victoria Cross 18 September 1918 For action at St Quentin, France whilst serving with 48 Battalion, 12 Brigade, 4 Division as a Private
Date returned to Australia 21 June 1919
Date of death 18 January 1963