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Francis Willie GOODWIN

Regimental number17
Place of birthColwall, Herefordshire, England
SchoolBoys Free School, Colwall, Herefordshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia26.4
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMrs C Smith, The Oaks, Colville, Herts, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name8th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29455 (28 January 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 44 (6 April 1916).

FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death31.9
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialHooge Crater Cemetery (Plot XV, Row D, Grave No. 15), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
53
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Caroline GOODWIN, The Oaks, Colwall, Herefordshire, England
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during protracted operations. He led a patrol forward, gaining valuable information, supervised supplies for the front line, and worked without ceasing for three days and nights in the removal of the wounded under heavy fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Bar to Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry during operations. While tending a wounded man, a shell burst near killing the man. Though himself knocked out for half an hour, be brought in two other wounded men as soon as he had recovered consciousness. All this time the enemy kept up constant fire from machine guns and artillery. Next day he assisted another officer in rescuing a man from near the enemy trenches.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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