Oswald Horatio GOODRICH


GOODRICH, Oswald Horatio

Service Number: 3034
Enlisted: 13 August 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 12th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Lawrence, New South Wales, May 1894
Home Town: Lawrence, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Lawrence Public School
Occupation: Police constable
Died: Killed in Action, Passchendaele, Belgium, 12 October 1917
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Murwillumbah War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3034, Brisbane, Queensland
5 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3034, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3034, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Brisbane
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3034, 12th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 1st Passchendaele

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Constable Oswald Goodrich joined the Queensland Police at the age of 21, on the 14 of May 1915. He was the youngest of four brothers who joined the A.I.F on the 13 of August, with himself and another brother both being killed during the war. Private Goodrich embarked on the 5 of October 1915 aboard the HMAT Warilda A69 as part of the 15th Infantry Battalion bound for Egypt. He succumbed to illness before disembarkation and was diagnosed with pleurisy caused by Influenza. He was transferred to the 12th Light Horse Trench Mortar Battery in July of 1916 and was promoted to Corporal soon after. Corporal Goodrich succumbed to illness again in early August of 1916, this time from bronchitis. He returned to his unit a month later at which time they were in support at the Battle of Pozieres. Corporal Goodrich, age 23, was killed by a shell splinter in the attack on Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium on the 12 of October 1917. " - SOURCE (www.police.qld.gov.au)