8/1088 Charles Thomas John Woodfield
Otago Officer's Group - Wounded Gallipoli
The 1914/15 Star Trio and long service medal group awarded to Capt. C.T.J. Woodfield, who was wounded whilst serving as a platoon commander on Gallipoli in May 1915.
Charles Woodfield was born 29th May 1883 at London, England. Son of Thomas Ernest and Elizabeth Mary Woodfield (née Goodship). He and his family emigrated to New Zealand in 1901, settling at Invercargill. Woodfield began his military career when he joined the Oreti Rifles in August 1904. He transferred to C Battery NZFA in 1901 before being appointed lieutenant with the Caversham Cadets in Dunedin. In 1907 he married Olive Alice Watson, and by 1913 they hada a family of three children. At the outbreak of the First World War, Woodfield was appointed lieutenant with the Otago Infantry Battalion and sailed with the Main Body as part of the 1st Reinforcements. He landed on Gallipoli with 4th (Otago) Company on 25th April and served until he was wounded on 8th May, suffering a gunshot wound to his arm. He was evacuated to Egypt, but by early June he was back on Gallipoli where he was appointed Quartermaster for the Otago Battalion. In mid-July 1915 he was evacuated to Egypt suffering from insomnia. He returned to Mudros in August 1915, but by September 1915 he had been evacuated to Malta suffering from various ailments. By 1916 Woodfield was in the UK, where he was posted to 4th (Reserve) Battalion, Otago Infantry Regiment. Issues with his health meant that he remained in the UK for the remained of the war, serving in various quartermaster roles until embarking for New Zealand in September 1918. In 1916 Woodfield was issued the Territorial Service Medal, and this was followed by the Long and Efficient Service Medal in 1917.
After the war Woodfield remained in Dunedin, working as a commercial traveller. He was transferred to the Reserve of Officers in 1921. During the Second World War Woodfield served as a staff officer (Captain) with the Southern Military District, from 1940 to 1943. He applied for the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Medal in 1943, having completed the requisite 20-years service back in 1921. The medal was issued to him in 1945.
Charles Woodfield died at Dunedin on 23rd October 1957 and is buried in Anderson's Bay Cemetery.
Trio correctly impressed 8/1088 CAPT. C.T.J. WOODFIELD. N.Z.E.F.
CAM correctly impressed CAPT. C.T. WOODFIELD RETD. LIST.
LESM correctly engraved CAPT. C.T. WOODFIELD, UNATTACHED LIST (B) (1917)