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William Albert GOODLAND

Regimental number2020
Place of birthCharters Towers Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTownsville, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, William Goodland, Aitken Vale PO, Aitken Vale, Townsville, Queensland
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name52nd Battalion 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/69/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Mcgillivray on 1 May 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2020A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919

Military Medal

'On the 8th August, 1918, during the operations on the SOMME, east of HAMEL, Private GOODLAND showed conspicuous bravery in rushing an enemy trench single handed where he killed some of the enemy who refused to surrender and captured several prisoners. He set a high example throughout the operation of personal courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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