Woodrow, Lieutenant Sydney
No 54 Sqn RFC
Sydney Woodrow was born in Buangor, Victoria, on 4 March 1886, and was a Lieutenant in the Regular Army when he joined the AFC in Melbourne on 13 January 1916. Prior to transferring to the AFC he had learned to fly at the Central Flying School at Point Cook, and on 12 February 1915 he flew as observer in BE2a CFS 2 on a training mission to Geelong and Lake Coonewarra when the engine stopped, forced the aeroplane to land near Geelong. He left from Melbourne on HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March and, after a brief stopover in Egypt, arrived in England in late May. After arrival in England, he was posted to No 54 Sqn RFC, which was training at Castle Bromwich near Birmingham, after being equipped with the Sopwith 1½ Strutter.
He was killed in an aircraft accident at Curdworth, England, on 23 September 1916 while flying Sopwith 1½ Strutter 7772. The Court of Enquiry was unable to determine the cause of the accident.
Lt S Woodrow is buried at SS Nicholas and Peter Churchyard, Curdworth, Warwickshire, England. There is a wooden large cross, made from an aeroplane propeller, on the inside wall of the church, with a plaque commemorating Lt Woodrow in the middle of the blades. The plaque also features an AIF Rising Sun badge.