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William Walter GOODWIN

Regimental number8
Place of birthChristchurch, New Zealand
ReligionChurch of England
Address41 Collins Place, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinWife, Mrs Rita Goodwin, c/o Mrs Lake, Edith Street, Caulfield, Victoria
Enlistment date1 October 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 30 August 1916

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 2 March 1917

FateKilled in Action 29 March 1917
Place of burialBeugnatre Communal Cemetery (Grave No. 5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'For general good work in repairing telephone lines under shell fire between 6th and 13th August, 1916, at POZIERES, and between 27th and 28th August, 1916, near MOUQUET FARM. He never failed to carry out his work no matter how furious the enemy shell fire, and many times escaped being blown up.' Second description reads: 'During the Battalion's tour of duty from 24th January, 1917, to 9th February, 1917, in the GUEUDECOURT Sector, this N.C.O. displayed great courage and devotion to duty. He was always at hand and with his assistants continually patrolled the telephone lines and kept up the telephone communications with the front line under most difficult circumstances. Many improvements were carried out in the Battalions telephone system, a system of laddering was laid down which showed a marked improvement on the previous system. This was carried out and supervised almost entirely by Corporal GOODWIN, who ran great personal risk from enemy's artillery and machine gun fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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