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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.