Private Woolley Phil Stanley standing near a memorial plaque

Private Arthur Charles Woolley (left) is remembered by Phil Stanley (right) on a visit to Soldiers Memorial Walk, on Hobart's Domain.

Private Arthur Charles Woolley, better known as Scott to his family and friends, was researched by Phil Stanley, of MacKillop College, Hobart, for the Frank MacDonald Memorial Study Tour.  Scott is the great-grandfather of Phil Stanley’s wife and the great-great grandfather of his two daughters. Some of Private Woolley’s grandchildren are still alive, and along with his descendants, remember the ultimate sacrifice he made.

Private Woolley was born at Hastings, Tasmania on 13 July 1884, and worked as a sawmiller before enlisting with the 12th Battalion in August 1916.

There are various accounts of how Private Woolley was killed in 1918. Someone who buried Scott managed to gather his watch and Bible and the belongings found their way back to his wife, Jennie.

After the war, Private Woolley’s remains were exhumed and buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, about 9 kilometres from Ypres, in Belgium. Tyne Cot became the largest cemetery for Commonwealth soldiers. Remains of soldiers were brought in from small burial grounds of various battlefields around Passchendaele. There are now 11,953 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated at Tyne Cot, including 1368 Australian graves.

Private Woolley’s sacrifice has never been forgotten. The Woolley family multiple tributes in the Mercury at the time of his death. A tree was planted in his Honour on the Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Domain, Hobart. Private Woolley’s name appears on Honour Rolls and War Memorials.

Phil was fortunate enough to visit Private Woolley’s grave at the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium in 1999.

Read Phil Stanley’s research about Private Arthur Charles Woolley