Alick Ferguson GOODE


GOODE, Alick Ferguson

Service Number: 2567
Enlisted: 23 September 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Goolwa, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Kingston South East, Kingston, South Australia
Schooling: Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingston South East War Memorial, Roseworthy Agricultural College Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2567, 9th Light Horse Regiment
23 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2567, 9th Light Horse Regiment
23 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2567, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Katuna, Adelaide
25 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion
6 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 10th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2567, 10th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College


Alick ‘Ferguson’ Goode was born in Goolwa, in the state of South Australia. His birth date is unknown but believed to be around 1890 somewhere. Growing up Alick attended Prince Alfred College during his schooling life. He lived South of Adelaide in a town called Kingston S.E. Out here he worked as what’s called a grazier, which is someone who cares for and prepares sheep and cattle to be sold on the market. Alick Ferguson Goode was brought up and raised to follow in the Church of England and was never in a married relationship.


Alick ‘Ferguson’ Goode enlisted for the war at Oakland on the 23rd of September in 1915, and from being a grazier, became a soldier for World War I. At the point of enlisting Alick was a pretty short male at 5'3" around 72 kg, brown eyes, brown hair. He didn’t seem much of a soldier but with no criminal history and no medical issues, he was considered ‘fit for active service’. He was placed into the 10th Battalion and his unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia. He departed on the HMAT A13 Katuna on June the 23rd in 1916.


Alick started as a private in his battalion which is the lowest rank, so he was only just a soldier to serve. On the 25th of October 1916 he joined his unit in Belgium. Alick Goode acquired a number of casualties. On the 5th of September Alick ‘Ferguson’ Goode acquired a sickness which was unknown but went into hospital, only in the same day did he return to battle a brave, fierce soldier. But before this on the 14th of April Alick suffered from an error of refraction, which understanding means that Alick went through visual errors and blurry vision. On the 6th of August 1917 Alick ‘Ferguson’ Goode was promoted to Lance Corporal. On the 20th of September Alick ‘Ferguson’ Goode was sadly killed in action in Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Belgium. He was remembered and buried in Buttes New British Cemetery.