Albert Jonathan GOODWILL

GOODWILL, Albert Jonathan

Service Number: 5023
Enlisted: 13 January 1916, Leongatha, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Warragul, Victoria, Australia, 25 August 1894
Home Town: Dumbalk, South Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Dumbalk State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 22 March 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave Ref: Plot 5 (V), Row A, Grave 39,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Warragul War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 5023, Leongatha, Victoria
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5023, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Armadale embarkation_ship_number: A26 public_note: ''
19 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 5023, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Armadale, Melbourne
20 Mar 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 5023, 23rd Infantry Battalion, SW to abdomen
23 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 5023, German Spring Offensive 1918, Death at Casualty Clearing Station

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Albert Jonathan GOODWILL was born in 1894 in Warragul, Victoria

His parents were Francis GOODWILL (born in England) and Ellen CROLE who was born in Victoria

He was living in Mardan, South Gippsland & then enlisted in Leongatha on 31st January, 1916 as a Private with the 23rd Infantry Battalion and embarked from Melbourne with the 13th Reinforcements on 19th July, 1916 on the HMAT Armadale

He was wounded in action on 20th March, 1917 with a schrapnel wound to his abdomen and died 2 days later at the Casualty Clearing Station on 22nd March, 1917 - he is buried in Dernancourt Communal cemetery Extension in France and his name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Albert was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal

His Uncle, Frederick Charles CROLE (SN364) also lost his life in WW1 and was killed in action in 1917


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IN MEMORIAM - On Active Service

GOODWILL - In loving memory of our dear son & brother, Private Albert Goodwill of 23rd Battalion, who died of wounds in France, 22nd March, 1917 aged 22 & a half years - Peacefully sleeping.

"He gave his life for his country, with honor, faith & right

With us his memory ever lives, he fought a noble fight.

No loved ones stood around him, to bid a fond farewell

No word of comfort could we give,  to him we loved so well."

Inserted by his loving parents, brothers & sisters