Shirley Thomas William GOODWIN DSO, MID**

GOODWIN, Shirley Thomas William

Service Number: VX11414
Enlisted: 18 August 1914
Last Rank: Brigadier
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 6 February 1894
Home Town: Camberwell, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Camberwell Grammar School, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, New Guinea, 25 October 1943, aged 49 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
CC. C. 16.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
20 Oct 1914: Involvement 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
20 Oct 1914: Embarked 2nd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
20 Dec 1915: Imprisoned ANZAC / Gallipoli

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement VX11414
12 Apr 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Brigadier, VX11414

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Goodwin was the son of Colonel John Thomas Hill Goodwin, who succeeded Charles Scrivener as Commonwealth Surveyor General, served as Federal Capital Commissioner in the 1920s and after whom Goodwin Homes is named. Goodwin entered the Royal Military College, Duntroon in the first intake of cadets on 22 June 1911 but was discharged from the college in December 1912. In October 1914 he was appointed as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Field Artillery and shortly after embarked for Egypt with the Headquarters, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade. Goodwin served with the 6th and 8th batteries during the Gallipoli campaign until attached to the Royal Navy as an aeroplane observer in November 1915. On 20 December 1915, as the Anzacs evacuated Gallipoli, Goodwin was the observer on a flight over Gallipoli when his plane's engine failed and had to land. He was taken as a prisoner to Constantinople (Istanbul) and interned at Afion Kara Hissar before being repatriated to Egypt three years later. Goodwin was Adjutant at RMC from 1931 to 1936 when the college was based in Sydney. He served in World War 2 as commanding officer of the 2/12th Field Regiment but was killed during an air raid in New Guinea on 25 October 1943 and buried in Finschhafen War Cemetery (grave 7, row B, plot C).

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