John Woods Whittle was born in Tasmania on 3 August 1882. He served in the Boer War then joined the Royal Navy. After five years he returned to the army and enlisted in the 12th Australian Infantry Battalion,AIF, in August 1915. He was sent to France and made sergeant in late 1916.
Between 9 – 15 April 1917 he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions around the villages of Boursies and Lagnicourt when he collected all available men and successfully charged an enemy trench. At one point he “rushed alone across the fire-swept ground” to attack a German machine-gun crew before they could bring their gun into action.
Wounded twice in 1918, Whittle returned to Australia on HMAT Medic with… More