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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

044844

VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS FROM THE BOER WAR AND WORLD WAR 1 WHO GATHERED TO MARCH IN THE SYDNEY ANZAC DAY PARADE. BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: LIEUTENANT (LIEUT.) J. ROGERS, SERGEANT (SGT) R. R. INWOOD, BRIGADIER A. S. BLACKBURN, SGT J. W. WHITTLE, SGT S. R. MCDOUGALL, MAJOR E. T. TOWNER, CAPTAIN (CAPT) A....

044844

072966

Port Melbourne, Vic. 1918. Australian Victoria Cross winners from World War 1 invited by the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable W. M. Hughes, to return home to assist in a recruiting campaign. The photograph was taken as the ship HMAT Medic was berthing. The identified men are, from the...

072966

A02825

Australian Victoria Cross winners from the First World War, who were invited by the Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable W M Hughes, to return home to assist in a recruiting campaign. The photograph was taken as the ship HMAT Medic was berthing. The identified men are, back row, from left...

A02825

A03764

Studio portrait of Sergeant (Sgt) Reginald Roy Inwood VC, 10th Battalion. Sgt Inwood was awarded the Victoria Cross as a Private (Pte) for 'most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the advance to the second objective' on 19 - 22 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, Belgium. Pte Inwood...

A03764

D00006

Group portrait of eleven First World War Victoria Cross recipients at AIF Administrative Headquarters, Horseferry Road. Identified, from left to right, back row: 2902 Sergeant (Sgt) John Woods Whittle VC DCM, 12th Battalion, 1804 Lance Corporal (LCpl) John Carroll VC, 33rd Battalion, 4195 Corporal...

D00006

H06193

Studio portrait of 506 Sergeant (Sgt) Reginald Roy Inwood VC, 10th Battalion. A miner from Broken Hill, NSW prior to enlistment, Sgt Inwood embarked with the rank of Private with H Company from Adelaide on HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914. Whilst serving in France he was awarded the Victoria Cross...

H06193

H00175

A montage of nine portrait photographs taken at Westham camp. In the centre is a group portrait of fifteen Australian soldiers and is surrounded by individual portraits of eight of the men who are in the group portrait all of whom had been awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). The central group...

H00175

H00176

Outdoors group portrait taken at Westham Camp. The eight identified men are all Australian Victoria Cross recipients. Back row, left to right: Lance Corporal (L Cpl) John Carroll; unidentified; Corporal (Cpl) Jorgan Christian Jensen; unidentified; Cpl Thomas James Bede Kenny; unidentified;...

H00176

P02939.026

Studio portrait of Sergeant (Sgt) Reginald Roy Inwood VC, 10th Battalion. Sgt Inwood was awarded the Victoria Cross as a Private (Pte) for "most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during the advance to the second objective" on 19 - 22 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, Belgium. Pte Inwood moved...

P02939.026

P00398.001

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 1918-10. ABOARD THE TROOP TRANSPORT 'MEDIC' TEN VICTORIA CROSS WINNERS OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE WHO WERE INVITED BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, W.M. HUGHES, TO RETURN TO AUSTRALIA TO ASSIST IN A RECRUITING CAMPAIGN. BACK ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: SGT. W. PEELER,...

P00398.001

Published Collection

Item 41: Programme

Souvenir program for a concert held to entertain troops during the First World War. This program is for a performance by the Neptunes Concert Party aboard HMAT Medic on 5 October 1918. The cover features a watercolour of a ship at sea by Lieutenant Cyril Ednot Crooke of the Australian Flying Corps....

PUBS002/001/001/002/041

Item 43: Programme

Souvenir program for a concert party held to entertain troops during the First World War. This program is for the Neptune's concert party performance aboard HMAT Medic on 5 October 1918. The cover features a watercolour of a ship at sea with a sprig of maidenhair fern. The watercolour illustration...

PUBS002/001/001/002/043

Private Record

Crooke, Cyril Ednott (Lieutenant, b.1892 - d.1965)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Cyril Ednott Crooke, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Collection consists of a leather bound sketch book featuring detailed water colour paintings produced between 4 March 1918 and 24 September 1918. It depicts aeroplanes, troopships,... Maker: Crooke, Cyril Ednott

3DRL/2497 (With records)

Inwood, Reginald Roy, VC (Corporal, b.1890 - d.1971)

Collection relating to the service of 506 Corporal Reginald Roy Inwood, VC, 10 Battalion AIF. Collection consists of two letters of congratulation sent to Corporal Inwood's parents, after he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Polygon Wood, 19-22 September 1917. Maker: Blackburn, Arthur Seaforth

1DRL/0375

Digitised Collection

Sketch book of Cyril Ednott Crooke, 1918

Sketch book relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Cyril Ednott Crooke, Australian Flying Corps. The bound leather drawing book features detailed water colour paintings produced between 4 March 1918 and 24 September 1918. It depicts aeroplanes, troopships, Leeds Castle, Australian...

RCDIG0000352

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