John (Jack) GOOLD


Service Number: 2443
Enlisted: 8 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 53rd Infantry Battalion
Born: New Lambton, New South Wales, Australia, January 1891
Home Town: Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Outtrim State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, France , 19 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri Methodist Church Roll of Honor, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2443, 1st Infantry Battalion
14 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, 2443, 1st Infantry Battalion
14 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, 2443, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
13 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 53rd Infantry Battalion
19 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, 2443, 53rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

105 years ago today, on the Sunday evening of the 19th December 1915, the Kurri Kurri Congregational Church Roll of Honour was unveiled.

We can assume that additional names had been inscribed throughout the years of The Great War.
One of the names mentioned, an O. Goold, I believe should be Private John (Jack) Goold, 53rd Battalion, miner from Maitland Street, Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, who fell on the 19th July 1916 at the Battle of Fromelles, age 25, and is resting at VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France. Memorial No 8.

Mr Goold’s name has also been inscribed on the Kurri Kurri War Memorial and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. Name would be inscribed on the Kurri Kurri Rose Lodge (No. 8863) Roll of Honour.

Jack has been memorialised at his parent’s gravesite at Sandgate Cemetery, the main headstone having been removed and placed in front of the memorialised section, hence the difficulty with taking a photo. METHODIST 2 (PRIMITIVE) 6 NE. 56.

I will place poppies to honour the service and supreme sacrifice of Enoch and Alice’s son for God, King and Country.

The whereabouts of this historic piece of Kurri history is unknown, and I do not have a photo, so any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Lest We Forget.