Sidney Joseph WOODBURY

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WOODBURY, Sidney Joseph

Service Number: 285
Enlisted: 2 February 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Company
Born: Brisbane Water, New South Wales, 31 March 1887
Home Town: Mangrove Creek, Gosford Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Mangrove Creek Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 16 April 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Boves West Communal Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 285, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 285, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 285, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 285, 18th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
8 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Machine Gun Company
16 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 285, 5th Machine Gun Company, Dernancourt/Ancre
9 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 5th Machine Gun Company

Sidney Joseph Woodbury

Sidney Joseph Woodbury was the son of Edwin Joseph Woodbury and Frances Ann (Atkins) Woodbury. The family were pioneers in the Gosford area of NSW, living and farming at Mangrove Creek. His Great Grandfather was Richard Woodbury, a convict on the ship Alexander in 1808.

He was the second son, born in 1886, joining the army when he was almost 29 years old. Just before he enlisted he married Hilda Pemberton, but the marriage did not last. His father reported in a letter to the army that "shortly after he left for the front, his wife went to live with a man by the name of Brady."

In his will, Sidney had left all his possessions to his mother, Frances. Both Frances and Sidney died on exactly the same day, 16th April 1918. She in Mangrove Creek, he in Amiens, France.

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Biography contributed by Barbara Krnos

"...285 Private Sidney Woodbury, 5th Machine Gun Company from Surry Hills, NSW... A 29 year old labourer prior to enlisting on 2 April 1915, he embarked for overseas with A Company, 18th Infantry Battalion from Sydney on 25 June 1915 aboard HMAT Ceramic. After serving at Gallipoli, he returned to Egypt where he transferred to the 5th Machine Gun Company and deployed with them in France. He continued to serve with them until he was killed in action near Amiens, France on 16 April 1918. Pte Woodbury is buried in Boves West Communal Cemetery, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Sidney Joseph Woodbury was the son of Edwin Joseph Woodbury and Frances Ann (Atkins) Woodbury.  The family were pioneers in the Gosford area of NSW, living and farming at Mangrove Creek.  His Great Grandfather was Richard Woodbury, a convict on the ship Alexander in 1808.

He was the second son, born in 1886, joining the army when he was almost 29 years old.  Just before he enlisted he married Hilda Pemberton, but the marriage did not last.  His father reported in a letter to the army that "shortly after he left for the front, his wife went to live with a man by the name of Brady."

In his will, Sidney had left all his possessions to his mother, Frances.  Both Frances and Sidney died on exactly the same day, 16th April 1918.  She in Mangrove Creek, he in Amiens, France.

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