One short story of an Aussie digger

James Park Wood, VC. From AnzacPortal.

Here is the citation for a Victoria Cross awarded to Private James Park Wood on 26 December 1918:

“For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Le Verguier, north-west of St. Quentin, on the 18th September, 1918, when, with a weak patrol, he attacked and captured a very formidable enemy post, and subsequently, with, two comrades, held the same against heavy enemy counterattacks. Although exposed to heavy fire of all descriptions, he fearlessly jumped on the parapet and opened fire on the attacking enemy, inflicting severe casualties. He kept up his fire and held up the enemy until help arrived, and throughout the operations displayed a splendid example of valour, determination and initiative.”

[Private James Park Woods, 48th Australian Infantry Battalion, Citation of the award of the Victoria Cross, Supplement, London Gazette, 26 December 1918, p.15119.]

Lest we forget.

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David Hiscox
David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.
  • Karen Dwyer

    Lest we forget, indeed.

    – conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty;

    – attacked and captured a very formidable enemy post;

    – with [two (non-Marxist)] comradess;

    – held the same [enemy post] against heavy enemy counterattacks.;

    – Although exposed to heavy fire of all descriptions;

    – fearlessly jumped on the parapet;

    – opened fire on the attacking enemy, inflicting severe casualties;

    – He kept up his fire;

    – held up the enemy until help arrived [not knowing if and when that help would arrive, yet hoping and pressing on];

    – throughout the operations displayed a splendid example;

    – of valour, determination and initiative.

    Thank you, David.

  • Deplorable!!!

    He did all that without any thought of the inequality that existed between transgender tree stumps and those little black things that lurk in my grease trap? How race-phobic- ism- ist is that!!! Quick, strip him of his VC and give it to a real hero like Ian Rintool or the population of Melbourne.

    • If there is a statue of this army chap,it should promptly be torn down by “our” Stan Grant.
      I mean, really, if whitey Captain Chook hadn’t invaded Stan’s Aborigininalal dreamtime place in 1066 or whatever, we never would have needed to attend the Great Transgender War, and fully trounce Fritz and send him back to Germany. (now Germanistan)

      PS: Lest we forget.

      • Karen Dwyer

        Worth taking a look at [as in, you’ll have to do your own detective work, as I don’t have any links to share)]:

        Just why are statues of Lachlan Macquarie being torn down?

        What was his legacy?

        Why can’t the Marxists allow access to that legacy remain in the public sphere?

        What reality is there in the term “genocide” as defined by Marxists with respect to Lachlan Macquarie?
        (Hint: not with respect to 100 million+ we would recognise as cultural genocide)

  • Noachideous
    My purpose here is to completely smash the complacency of YT people who largely comprised the Allies of WW1 and 2……
    I’ll understand if you want to remove it … after a least a little while.
    Our Ancestors are mocked by our own (((Governments))). It is unacceptable.
    888 246 amounts to 1948

    • I imagine the victims of the Great War and WW 2 look down upon their countries from the afterlife and ponder in surprise at what has happened to their once great nations.

      They might wonder what they fought and died for, as I certainly do.

  • entropy

    Although the rest of Canberra can be safely ignored (if not actively firebombed), the Australian War Memorial is a must-visit. Reading the citations for the VCs on display there is a sobering experience.

    But it has to be the Kiwi, Charles Upham, who takes the cake. The only combat soldier to be awarded a bar to his VC (i.e. won it twice), his combat record reads like a bad action movie.

    When King George VI remarked that a bar to the cross would be “very unusual indeed” and enquired of Major-General Kippenberger, “Does he deserve it?” Kippenberger replied, “In my respectful opinion, sir, Upham won the VC several times over.”