Biography

Birth date: 14 July 1890
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Death date: 23 October 1971
Death place: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 506 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion

Roy Inwood (1890-1971), like many other fellow miners from Broken Hill, in far western New South Wales, enlisted in South Australia. He served on Gallipoli before being sent to France, where his brother serving in the same battalion was killed at Pozières.

During the battle of Menin Road, Inwood attacked enemy strongpoints, capturing machine-guns and prisoners. Already a skilful scout, during the night he also went out with a patrol and gathered useful information.

In 1918 Inwood returned to Australia to help with recruiting. He served again in the Second World War.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1890-07-14
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1914-08-24 10th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date promoted 1915-08 Promoted to rank of Lance Corporal.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Date of honour or award 1917-09-20 - 1917-09-21 Awarded the Victoria Cross for action at Polygon Wood, near Ypres, Belgium whilst serving with 10 Battalion, 3 Brigade, 1 Division as a Private
Date returned to Australia 1918-08
Date of discharge 1918-12-12
Date of death 1971-10-23