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John Patrick GOFF

Regimental number864
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressWilliam Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 2"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs E Kelly, William Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, C Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 June 1918
Discharge date16 August 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Egypt to join the Mditerranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Found guilty, 9 October 1915, of neglect of duty: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and stoppage of 2 days' pay.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916, of being absent without leave from 10 pm, 18 January, to 2.45 pm, 21 January 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 18 days' pay.

Trnsferred to and taken on strength of 2nd Pioneer Bn, 8 March 1916; transferred to 4th Pioneer Bn, 18 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 4 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 11 June 1916.

Classified PB by Medical Board, 5 February 1917; classified fit for the Front, 9 April 1917.

Wounded in action, 22 June 1917 (gun shot wound, left buttock), and admitted to 76th Field Ambulance; transferred same day to No 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance, and thence to No 2 australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred same day to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to Ambulance Train No 27, and admitted to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 24 June 1918. Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Wimereux, 13 July 1917.

Found guilty, 17 July 1917, of being in a cafe duing prohibited hours, 17 July 1917: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Admitted to 40th Stationary Hospital, Harfleur, 25 July 1917 (old gunshot wound, left thigh); tranferred to 4th Convalescent Depot, Havre, 15 August 1917; diacharged to Base Depot, 29 August 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 16 September 1917.

On leave to England, 24 January 1918.

Married Julia McCARTHY, Registry Office, Lambeth, 31 January 1918.

By sworn declaration assumed the true name of 'Godfrey Bentley ROBINS', 4 February 1918.

Rejoined unit from leave, 8 February 1918.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 31 March 1918 (chronic rheumatism), and transferred same day to 56th Casualty Clearing Station, and thence to Ambulance Train No 7, and admitted to 7th Canadian General Hospital, 1 April 1918. Transferred to 6th Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 6 April 1918. Examined by Medical Board, 13 April 1918 (overage, 45, and chronic rheumatism); transferred to England, 30 April 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Barambah', for discharge (premature senility), 6 June 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 31 July 1918, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), 16 August 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsTrue name: Godfrey Bentley ROBINS
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOFF John Patrick

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