As we commemorate Anzac Day – I’m sharing some local stories to recognise and remember those who sacrificed so much, so we can enjoy what we have today.
William Henry Rankin Woods was born in Mudgee in November 1873, the son of Mr William Frederic Woods and Mrs. Flora Ann Woods.
He was educated at Mudgee Public School, and then in Sydney, before going on to become a bank clerk.
William spent over two decades working with the Bank of New South Wales, but was equally known for his musical talent, which he carried with him during his military service.
William enlisted in August 1914, with the 1st Light Horse Regiment.
With his lovely voice, he was able to provide comfort and entertainment for his fellow soldiers, and was much in demand for concerts.
These talents, as well as his plucky and genial personality made him a well-liked member of his regiment.
William was killed in action by shrapnel at Gallipoli in May 1915…he’s remembered on the Lone Pone Memorial there.
Writing after his death, Colonel Meredith, said he was proud of William as a soldier, and as a man, and he would soon have obtained a commission had his life been spared.
Commemorating those who served, and remembering those who died.
Lest we forget.