Frederick James GOODWIN


GOODWIN, Frederick James

Service Number: 3379
Enlisted: 21 December 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mingelo, New South Wales, 20 July 1883
Home Town: Bankstown, Bankstown, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
Died: Killed in Action (shell-fire), Zonnebeke, Belgium, 13 October 1917, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and Extension
28/1/1926 His body was found and reinterned in the Plot II; Row L; Grave 16.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3379, 45th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, New South Wales
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3379, 45th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3379, 45th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Sydney
20 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3379, 45th Infantry Battalion, Messines
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3379, 45th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3379, 45th Infantry Battalion, 1st Passchendaele

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Father Frederick James Goodwin (b. 27 Apr 1861- d. 1929)  and
Mother Eliza Jane (nee Furner b.17/9/1892 - d. 17/9/1940)

Maud Elizabeth Goodwin (b. 1879 Parkes, NSW - d. 1934 Auburn, NSW)
Ethel Margaret Jane Goodwin (b. 9/2/1981 Parkes NSW - d. 17/10/1942 in Muswellbrook, NSW)
Frederick James Goodwin (b. 1883 Parkes NSW - d. 13/10/1917 Belgium)
Beatrice A Goodwin (b. 1886 Parkes, NSW - d. 1887 Parkes, NSW)
Edith Albania Goodwin (b. 31/3/1888 Tomingley NSW - d. June 1951 Forest Lodge, NSW)
Charlotte Mary Goodwin(b. 1 Oct 1891 Peakhill NSW- d. 20 Dec 1952 Campsie NSW)
Ida May Goodwin (b. 5/11/1894 Peak Hill NSW - d. 6/9/1981 Sydney NSW)
Herbert George Goodwin (b. 1899 Parkes, NSW - d. 1899 Parkes, NSW)

Wife        Mary May Goodwin nee Egan, Raymond Street, Bankstown, NSW.

children - Frederick George Goodwin; Cedric James Goodwin; Beatrice May Goodwin;  Anthony William Goodwin; Ethel M Goodwin; Eliza Joyce Goodwin.

Described on enlisting as 33 years 5 months old; married; 118 lbs; 5' 2" tall; fair complexion; blue eyes; fair hair; curvature of the back; Church of England.

21/12/1916          Completed medical at Victoria Barracks,  fit for service
                            Enlisted in Sydney

30/12/1916          Transferred to C Company, 3rd Depot Battalion

24/1/1917            Embarked from Sydney onboard the HMAT Anchises A68.
                            45th Infantry, 9th reinforcements

19/3/1917            Admitted to ships hospital - at sea - Influenza
21/3/1917            Discharged

27/3/1917            Disembarked into Davenport, England
                            marched in from Australia to 12th Training Battalion, Codford

19/6/1917            Proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton
20/6/1917            Join base from England, Havre, France

The 45th Battalion was in reserve for the 4th Division’s first major action of 1917 - the first Battle of Bullecourt - and was not committed to the attack. It was, however, heavily engaged during the battle of Messines in June, and suffered commensurate casualties.

9/7/1917              Taken on strength - in the field - to 45th Battalion

The focus of the AIF’s operations had now switched to the Ypres sector in Belgium and the 45th took part in another major battle near Passchendaele on 12 October  1917. Conditions were horrendous and the operation was hastily planned - thus it resulted in failure.

13/10/1917         He had volunteered to be a stretcher bearer, as the battalion had had severe casualties through their battle at Zonnebeke and needed assistance.
He was carrying the wounded off the field in the night, when he and the other stretcher bearers became lost from the Dressing Station.  He waited with the wounded man whilst the other stretcher bearers went to gain location of the Dressing Station, on their return they found that Private Goodwin had been hit by a shell (below the heart) and was unconscious. His friend Private Chas Wheelhouse assisted with stretchering him to the Dressing Station and stayed with him and Chaplain T H Juctice until he died.

14/10/1917         Chaplain T H Justice buried Private Goodwin at
                           Duhallow Advance Dressing Station Military Cemetery, Ypres
                           Plot 7; Row A; Grave 27
                           south-west of Zonnebeke

28/1/1926           His body was found and reinterned in:-
                           Plot II; Row L; Grave 16.
                           Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and Extension
                           Sint-Jan, Ypres, Belgium

British War medal; Victory medal; Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (336973)

Thank you to Lyn Elliot for her family information.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  16 October 2014.  Lest we forget.