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Louis John GOODWIN

Regimental number2005
Place of birthRed Range, Glen Innes, New South Wales
SchoolSt Joseph's Convent, Hillgrove, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPostal assistant
AddressHillgrove, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Goodwin, Ellsmere Street, Hillgrove, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in Compulsory Military Training, Militia (1896 class)
Enlistment date28 October 1915
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 17 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death20.4
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Albert and Ann Marie GOODWIN
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Found guilty, 24 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 1500 to Tattoo, 23 March 1916: awarded 6 days confined to baracks and forfeiture of 6 days' pay; forfeited 1 day's pay under royal Warrant.

Taken on strength, 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 17 July 1916; Court of Enquiry, in the field, 1 August 1917, determined fate as 'killed in action, 17 July 1916'.

Form B103 states: 'Buried in the vicinity of Fleurbaix'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GOODWIN Louis John

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