Herbert Ernest GOODES


GOODES, Herbert Ernest

Service Number: 98
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 4th Imperial Bushmen
Born: Belalie, South Australia, 11 October 1875
Home Town: Belalie North, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Bethel, South Africa, Bethel, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, 23 May 1901, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Germiston (Primrose) Cemetery
0A Cemetery Road, Germiston, East Rand, Gauteng, South Africa. Herbert's name is located at panel 3 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Belalie East Honour Roll, Jamestown Baptist Church Trooper Goodes Memorial Plaque, Jamestown Trooper Goodes Boer War Memorial, Jamestown and District Boer War Honour Board, North Adelaide St Peter's Cathedral Boer War Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

1 Jan 1899: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Trooper, SN 98, The Boer Offensive
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, SN 98, 4th Imperial Bushmen
1 May 1900: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), Manhattan


The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Saturday 16 May 1903
The unveiling of the memorial erected to the memory of Tpr. H. E. Goodes took place yesterday afternoon, in the presence of a large number of residents of the town and district. At the invitation of the committee, Col. Rowell, C.B., came from Adelaide to perform the ceremony. Mr. S. M. Turner, hon. secretary to the movement, explained that the memorial stone was erected at a total cost of £66, towards which subscriptions had been received amounting to about £61. The Mayor (Mr. D. Rosie), in introducing Col. Rowell and asking him to perform the ceremony, referred to the popularity of the colonel in military circles and to his appointment to the command of the contingent of the 4th imperial Bushmen, of which the late trooper was a member. Col. Rowell. C.B., then unveiled the monument. He stated that it was to the memory of Tpr. H. E. Goodes, who died in fighting for his King and country in the Transvaal. He referred to the wave of patriotism which pervaded the whole British Empire during the African struggle, and said that in no place was there greater enthusiasm displayed than in South Australia. Over 2,000 applicants volunteered to serve in the regiment to which he was appointed the command. He spoke of the splendid lot of men who went from this district. Referring to the death of Tpr. Goodes, he explained that it was occasioned while the picket was creeping up a donga where the enemy was lying concealed, and from whom the fatal shot was fired. Mr. H. Boucaut spoke on behalf of the town and residents, and referred to the 46 young men from this district who volunteered in various contingents for military service in South Africa. He proposed a vote of thanks to Col. Rowell, C.B., for performing the ceremony. Mr. R. Rowe, in the absence of the Chairman of the District Council of Belalie (Mr. W. Glasson), who was too ill to attend, represented the council, and read a letter conveying the Chairman's sentiments. Mr. Rowe, on be- half of the residents of the district, extended sympathy to Mr. James Goodes on the loss of his son and referred to the splendid qualities of the late trooper as a young man who had spent nearly all his life in this district. The memorial had been erected by his many friends. He seconded the resolution thanking the colonel for at- tending. This was carried with acclamation. After cheers had been given for Col. Rowell he thanked the committee for the honour done him in asking him to unveil the stone. Lieut. D. Connor, with 24 members of the Jamestown Mounted Rifles, at- tended as a guard of honour. Suitable se- lections were played by the Jamestown Brass Band. The stone, which was sup- plied from the works of Draysey & Co., of Adelaide, and erected by Mr. H. Haese, a local contractor, is a handsome marble monument on a pedestal, and enclosed with iron railings. It is situated in one of the plantations in the centre of the town. The stone was decorated with floral wreaths, and bears the following inscription: — "Erected to the memory of the late Tpr. H. E. Goodes, who was killed in action at Bethel, South Africa, on May 23, 1901, aged 25 years, by the residents of Jamestown and District of Belalie."

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

No. 98, Trooper Herbert Ernest Goodes, son of James and Emily Goodes of Jamestown, born in Belalie, South Australia on 11 October 1875. He served with the Fouth Imperial Bushmen, South Australian Contingent, in South Africa, and was killed in action near Bethel on 23 May 1901, aged 25 years. He is buried in the Germiston (Primrose) Cemetery in South Africa.

Father  James Goodes (b. 1837, Sawtry, Huntingdonshire, England,  d. 6/9/1911, S.A.)
Arrived in Australia 1850 (on Fatima)
Occupation;  Farmer and Councillor
Lived in Belalie, Saddleworth and Riverton;   One of the first families in Belalie North, SA

m. 4/11/1858  in Chain of Ponds

Mother  Emily Florence Robinson (b. 1839,  d. 30/1/1893, Jamestown, SA).

2nd wife – Eleanor Johnson  (b. 15/6/1856, South Rhine SA, d.____ (known as Ellen)
m. 19/6/1900 in Jamestown

Next of kin:       Nancy Neighbour, Findon SA    (Great Niece)

From June 1900 as part of 4th Imperial Bushmen Regiment in Cape Colony including charge at Bakenkop (3 July 1900) and skirmish at Stinkhoutboom where three killed (24 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt, and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal where killed in action Bethel at Bethel on 23 May 1901.

Queen's South Africa Medal with Clasps


Thank you to Mrs Kaye B Bottrall from Jamestown Local History Centre for the Portrait.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  20 August 2014.   Lest we forget.

Adelaide Observer (SA: 1843 - 1904) Saturday 22 June 1901


The late Trooper Herbert Ernest Goodes was killed in action near Bethel May 28, 1901. The late trooper was the son of Mr. James Goodes, Belalie, East Jamestown,   and he left with the Imperial Bushmen. He was admired as a lacrosse player by those who love the game, and he helped to win many a hard fought match for the Jamestown team.