Cyril Arthur Woodland

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Cyril Arthur Woodland
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Australia's Fighting Sons of the Empire page 197
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Perth Western Australia
Death 16 Sep 1947
Place of Death Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years old
Description 5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 150 lbs
68.039 kg
; dark complexion ; dark brown eyes ; black hair
Occupation Engine driver
Religion Church of England
Address Newtown, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Edwin Portman Woodland
Military Information
Reg Number 6111
Date of Enlistment 8 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 9 Aug 1916 ‒ 25 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 21 Jul 1918 ‒ 11 Sep 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A36 Boonah
Fate Wounded in Action 11 Jun 1917 Messines (gassed)
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1916 Newtown, Jarrahdale, fireman

War Service

Cyril entered Blackboy Hill camp on 8 Mar 1916 and on 12 Apr 1916 he was allocated to the 19th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, travelling with them to England aboard HMAT A28 Miltiades which sailed from Fremantle on 9 Aug 1916, and disembarked troops in Plymouth on 25 Sep 1916. Following a further 3 months training with the 4th Training Battalion at Codford in England, Cyril proceeded overseas to France aboard HMT Princesse Clementine from Folkestone on 21 Dec 1916.

In France he was taken on the strength of the 16th Battalion on 2 Jan 1917 as they were on the move to Mametz. From 10 May until 28 May 1917 he was in hospital with the 56th Casualty Clearing Station recovering from influenza, and on his return he participated in the attack on German positions on the Messines ridge during 8 & 9 Jun 1917. Several days later on 11 Jun 1917 he was the victim of gas shells, perhaps because of his earlier illness, and was evacuated from the battle field after treatment by the 77th Field Ambulance and the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station from 11 Jun 1917 until 5 Aug 1917 when he was released to the 1st Convalescent Depot. He rejoined the 16th Battalion on 27 Aug 1917 at Neuve Eglise where the battalion was re-equipping and training in preparation for another turn in the front lines. He was granted leave and was absent from the battalion from 23 Nov 1917 until 11 Dec 1917.

Cyril developed pleurisy on 9 Jan 1918 which required him to spend the best part of 3 months in hospital. Treated in turn by a Field Ambulance on 9 - 10 Jan 1918, then the 5th Casualty Clearing Station from 11 - 13 Jan 1918 before being sent to the 8th General Hospital in Rouen. On 25 Jan 1918 Cyril boarded HMHS Western Australia for evacuation to England where he was admitted to the 1st London General Hospital in Camberwell on 29 Jan 1918. He remained in hospital until 2 Apr 1918, when he was discharged to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital before being sent to No.2 Command Depot at Weymouth on 12 Apr 1918. Eventually he was sent home to Australia. Cyril was hospitalised on his return to Australia in the 8th Australian General Hospital in Fremantle until 14 Sep 1918, before being discharged as medically unfit by the 5th Military District on 6 Oct 1918.

Newspaper reports that Cyril Arthur Woodland of Jarrahdale had been Gassed.[1]

Post War

28 Apr 1920 Married Mary Gemmell Connell. Son Edwin WP was born on 20 Mar 1921.

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1943 Jarrahdale, engine-driver


  1. "WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". The West Australian. XXXIII, (4,766). Western Australia. 12 July 1917. p. 7. Retrieved 12 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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