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Enlisted at Gayndah 17/11/1915 age 27 years. His next of kin (NOK), Father, James Goodwin, Inglewood. On enlistment he was 5ft 8, weighed 146 lbs and stated his occupation as a Farmer.


On the 17/01/1918 he was Mentioned in Dispatches (MID) for Distinguished and Gallantry services and devotion to duty in the field during the period 26th February to 21st September 1917.


He received the Military Medal (MM) for “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 Bn. Headquarters. His action displayed a splendid example of initiative and was practically responsible for the success of the Company”.


He received the Bar to the Military Medal for “’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”. Returned to Australia 10 May 1919.

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