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Woods, William Henry (Wylie) (1873–1915)

William Henry Rankin Woods was born at Mudgee, New South Wales, on 28th November, 1873, the son of Mr. William Frederic Woods and Mrs. Flora Ann Woods (nee Macdonald). He was educated at Mudgee, and at the Fort Street Public School, Sydney.

He entered the Bank’s service at Head Office on 27th January, 1891. On 16th September, 1893, he was transferred to Temora; to Perth on 8th April, 1897; to Coolgardie on 1st December of that year; returned to Perth in February, 1900, and on 15th March, 1901, went to Kalgoorlie; thence to Head Office on 28th June, 1902, and entered the Chief Accountant’s Department at Head Office, on 1 st October, 1910.

William Henry Rankin Woods enlisted in August, 1914, with the 1st Light Horse Regiment and was killed in action by shrapnel at Gallipoli on 15th May, 1915.

During the time he was in the army Trooper Woods was much in demand at concerts, as he was a good singer. His genial personality and pluck made him very popular, and Colonel Meredith, writing after his death, said that he was proud of him as a man and a soldier, and if he had been spared he would soon have obtained a commission.

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