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Regimental number1835
Place of birthGlen Innes New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinFather, James Goodwin, Inglewood, Queensland
Enlistment date17 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Proyart on 11-12 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 18 August 1918

Bar to Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 September 1918

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 10 May 1919

Military Medal

'On the night 11th/12th August, 1918, during operations on the SOMME, near PROYART, this N.C.O. after his Company Commander and another Officer of the Company had become casualties, assumed command of the Company during the attack and led it to its final objective. Being unable to find any Officer to take over command he reorganised the Company and promptly forwarded valuable information to Battalion Headquarters. His action displayed a splendid example of initiative and was practically responsible for the success of the Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

MM Bar

'On the 1st September, 1918, during operations North of PERONNE, C.S.M. GOODWIN finding the right flank of his company under heavy Machine Gun fire, he crawled out alone and in face of enemy fire, shot the gunners and captured the gun. His action allowed the Company to consolidate where they were and to hold their position without further casualties. His splendid example and devotion to duty throughout the day inspired great confidence in the rest of the Company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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