Biography

Birth date: 02 January 1891
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Gawler
Death date: 18 January 1963
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth
Final rank: Private
Service number: 3244a - First World War, 1914-1918
3244 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 48 Battalion
  • 48th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Date of birth 1891-01-02
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Awarded Victoria Cross 1918-09-18 For action at St Quentin, France whilst serving with 48 Battalion, 12 Brigade, 4 Division as a Private
Date of death 1963-01-18