Alfred Charles GOODA


GOODA, Alfred Charles

Service Number: 1220
Enlisted: 18 April 1916, Armidale, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wallangra, New South Wales, 14 January 1895
Home Town: Wallangra, Inverell, New South Wales
Schooling: Wallangra Public School
Occupation: Station hand
Died: Killed in Action, Bullecourt, France, 3 May 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Inverell & District Memorial Olympic Pool WW1 Honour Roll, Inverell War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wallangra Roll of Honour, Warialda Public School Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Armidale, New South Wales
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1220, Light Trench Mortar Batteries, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1220, Light Trench Mortar Batteries, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1220, 17th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)

Alfred Charles Gooda

Alfred was one of six children and the eldest son of John and Lydia Gooda. His birth was registered at Inverell in 1895 just three years before the death of his mother. Alfred enlisted at Armidale NSW in April 1916 when he was twenty one years old and working as a Station Hand at Wallangra north of Inverell. He left Australia on HMAT A40 Ceramic in October 1916 with the Light Trench Mortar Battery, Reinforcement 2. They arrived in England on 2 November where further training was undertaken before being sent to France in March 1917.

Alfred was then attached to the 17th Battalion Reinforcements at Etaples in Northern France. Just thirty three days later he was reported as missing. A Court of Inquiry held in November 1917 confirmed that he had been Killed in Action on 3 May 1917. Private Gooda has no known grave and his name is among those inscribed on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France.

At Inverell Private Gooda’s name is inscribed on the town’s Honor Roll and Cenotaph. At Wallangra his name is also recorded on their Honor Roll. In 1919 he was one of the men for whom a memorial tree was planted in Kurrajong Parade, Inverell.

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"...1220 Private Alfred Charles Gooda, Light Trench Mortar Battery, of Wallangra, NSW. A station hand prior to enlisting in April 1916, Pte Gooda embarked from Sydney with the 2nd Reinforcements on board HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 7 October 1916. He was transferred to the 17th Battalion on 1 April 1917 and was killed in action at Bullecourt, France, on 3 May 1917. Pte Gooda was 23 years of age." - SOURCE (