Name: Roy Harry Greenwood

 

Birth Date: 1897 Where: Ashburton, New Zealand
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Brisbane Age: 18
Serial Number: 72 Battalion: 26th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lieutenant

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,

 

Photograph Greenwood

 Service Details:

 

 

9 June

1915                      Embarked Australia

August

1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium

October

1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

February

1917                      Warlencourt

25 February

1917                      Promoted Sergeant

March

1917                      Attack on Malt Trench

May

1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

22 May

1917                      Promoted Coy QMS

June

1917                      Bapaume

12 June

1917                      #4 Officer Cadet School, Oxford

22 September

1917                      Promoted 2nd Lieutenant

October

1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)

December

1917                      Red Lodge

15 January

1918                      Promoted Lieutenant

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

 7 June

1919mmmmmmmiiAppointment Terminated

 

Biographical Details:

Roy Harry Greenwood was the youngest of five children born to Cecil Danforth Greenwood and Annie Beatrice Jenkinson. He was born at Ashburton, New Zealand, in 1896, two years after his family had moved there from England.  Roy’s mother died a month later and his father, a doctor, remarried in 1898. The Greenwoods moved to Queensland where Roy enlisted. Roy’s two older brothers enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Both were killed.
Unlike many of the Black ANZACs, Roy led a faultless life in the AIF but like many of them he was hospitalised on several occasions – the first time at Gallipoli when he suffered frost bite. He was returned to Heliopolis and eventually rejoined his unit in February after the 26th Battalion had returned to Egypt.
Soon after returning from special leave in London Roy was wounded and he was initially reported as having Died of Wounds.  He returned to the field in time for the Battle at Pozieres where he was wounded again. He was wounded a third time late 1918 and was still recovering when the war ended.
During the Trench Raid Roy was a member of the Left Blocking Party.  Their task made more hazardous when it was discovered that the communication trench they were assigned to block was little more than a thatch-screened track and therefore open to fire from the sides as well as ahead.
Roy quickly promoted through non-commissioned ranks and in 1917 was appointed the Company Quartermaster Sergeant (QMS). Soon after he was sent to a Cadet Training School at Oxford University and after graduating was appointed 2nd Lieutenant. He was made Lieutenant in 1918.
In October 1918 Roy received a GSW to his right elbow and forearm and was in England when Armistice was announced.
Roy was returned to Australia and discharged in Queensland in 1919. He met and married Helen Archdall in 1921 and at some stage moved to NSW where his father, step-mother and half-brother were then living.  Roy and Helen had two children.
Roy Harry Greenwood died in 1970.  His wife died in 1975.