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Trooper Woods

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The Drummoyne War Service Record has a striking title page of coloured vignettes based on actual war-time photographs.

The illustration of a Light Horse soldier is based on a photograph which first appeared in the Sydney Mail, 7 October 1914, and has an interesting local connection. It shows Trooper William Harry Rankin Woods (on the right) at Roseberry Park Camp, near Merriwa, NSW. Trooper Woods died of wounds received at Gallipoli on 15 May 1915. He was an active member of the Sydney Rowing Club at Abbotsford and is commemorated on the Five Dock War Memorial.

The connection of the image on the title page with a local serviceman is almost certainly a coincidence rather than by design. The original caption under the photograph in the Sydney Mail simply read, ‘For the Empire : NSW Troopers of the Australian Light Horse.’

Trooper Woods’ story appears in the new book Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch, 1918-2015 by Mike Davis. The Drummoyne War Service Record is currently on display at Concord Library.

Restoring their names

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In May last year the brass plaques commemorating servicemen and women at the Five Dock War Memorial were stolen.

The City of Canada Bay is working closely with the Five Dock RSL to ensure that new plaques are installed before the ANZAC Service in April. Ahead of the final plaques being produced the community is encouraged to notify Local Studies (using the comments link below) of any additions or changes. The plaques honor those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in Korea. This project complements Local Studies’ efforts to create a list of all those from the Canada Bay area who served during the First World War.

The Five Dock RSL has generously provided funds to ensure that the Five Dock War Memorial and surrounds are fully restored as a tribute to local men and women who have served their country.