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.

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

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

044957

Sydney, NSW. 1938-04-23. A group portrait of Victoria Cross recipients who were invited to Sydney by the United Licensed Victuallers Association (ULVA) to march as a group in the 1938 Sydney Anzac Day march. This gesture by the ULVA was part of the Australian sesquicentennial (150 years)...

044957

067777

53 1/2 MILE POINT, STUART HIGHWAY, NT. 1944-07-28. WX31907 CAPTAIN J.R.S. MCKAY (1) INSPECTING THE RIFLES OF MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT SECTION, ADVANCED HEADQUARTERS, NORTHERN TERRITORY FORCE, ACCOMPANIED BY VX27913 WARRANT OFFICER II, T.A. SHIELDS (2). SHOWN ARE:- WX10718 SERGEANT R.E.S. REYNOLDS...

067777

067778

57 MILE POINT, STUART HIGHWAY, NT. 1944-07-27. GROUP PHOTOGRAPH OF MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT SECTION, ADVANCED LAND HEADQUARTERS, NORTHERN TERRITORY FORCE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX136510 PRIVATE J. WILLIAMS (1); VX116117 PRIVATE J. BEISSERT (2); NX166218 PRIVATE K.W. MEGGITT (3); V321238...

067778

067779

57 MILE POINT, STUART HIGHWAY, NT. 1944-07-27. GROUP PHOTOGRAPH OF MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT SECTION, ADVANCED LAND HEADQUARTERS, NORTHERN TERRITORY FORCE. IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE:- VX136510 PRIVATE J. WILLIAMS (1); VX116117 PRIVATE J. BEISSERT (2); NX166218 PRIVATE K.W. MEGGITT (3); V321238...

067779

A02640

Studio portrait of Private James P Woods VC of the 48th Battalion. He was awarded his VC at Le Verguier, near St Quentin, on 18 September 1918 after capturing a heavily defended German stingpost and subsequently holding it against strong counter attacks.

A02640

A02640A

Cropped studio portrait of Private James P Woods VC of the 48th Battalion. He was awarded his VC at Le Verguier, near St Quentin, on 18 September 1918 after capturing a heavily defended German stingpost and subsequently holding it against strong counter attacks.

A02640A

J03075

1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE ANZAC DAY MARCH IN MELBOURNE, WAITING TO ENTER THE EXHIBITION BUILDING, WHERE A COMMEMORATION SERVICE WAS HELD. LEFT TO RIGHT: CAPTAIN R.C. GRIEVE, 2ND LIEUT W. RUTHVEN, CAPT J.E. NEWLAND, 2ND LIEUT J. HAMILTON, LIEUT. A....

J03075

J03076

MELBOURNE, AUS. 1927-04-25. AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS (VC) WINNERS WHO TOOK PART IN THE 1927 ANZAC DAY MARCH. IN THE BACKGROUND ARE THE KING'S AND REGIMENTAL COLOURS OF THE A.M.F. BATTALIONS AND REGIMENTS. LEFT TO RIGHT:- CORPORAL (CPL) B.S. GORDON MM, CPL T.L. AXFORD MM, CPL J. CARROLL, SERGEANT...

J03076

P02939.048

Portrait of Private (Pte) James Park Woods VC, 48th Battalion. Pte Woods was awarded the Victoria Cross for "conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty" on 18 September 1918 at Le Verguier, France. Pte Woods, with a weak patrol attacked and captured an enemy post, and subsequently, with two fellow...

P02939.048

Private Record

Timeline

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