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a company raid on Point 75. During this raid Lance Corporal Wilson commanded the left forward section of the assault platoon. The defences on the final objective consisted of a deep circular trench system around the top of the feature. Lance Corporal Wilson's section had crossed the first trench as planned and was assaulting the farther position on the other side of the feature when an enemy .50 calibre machine-gun opened fire at short range, pinning the platoon. Displaying a complete disregard for his personal safety, Lance Corporal Wilson charged the machine-gun position and killed the machine-gunner with a grenade. At the same time he was himself wounded by an enemy grenade. This swift and gallant action on his part made the success of the whole operation possible and undoubtedly saved his platoon from numerous casualties. His exceptional courage, initiative and offensive spirit on this occasion represent but one example of the outstanding soldierly qualities he displayed in action at all times.

WOOLLEY, Henry Arthur, Private (6/400104),
3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, 1953

During the period Private Woolley served with the battalion he provided outstanding service as a company signaller. Early on the morning of 14 January 1953, following a heavy patrol action in the valley, B Company was subjected to intense enemy mortar fire and, as a result, line communications essential to the control of the withdrawal of the patrol, were cut on three occasions. Each time Private Woolley voluntarily went forward without hesitation through the shell fire and quickly re-established line contact with the forward platoons and outpost positions. Later on the same day, line communications were again cut by intense enemy bombardment and again Private Woolley went out with complete disregard for his personal safety and successfully repaired them. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty were, on many other occasions, also of inestimable value to his company. The willingness with which he discharged his exacting duties under fire gained him the respect and admiration of all ranks of his company.


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