Sidney Richard (Super Sid) GOODFELLOW BEM

GOODFELLOW, Sidney Richard

Service Number: SX9021
Enlisted: 16 July 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: General / Motor Transport Company/ies (WW2)
Born: Kilburn, South Australia, 2 March 1918
Home Town: Summertown, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Nurseryman
Died: Natural Causes, War Veterans Home, Myrtle Bank. South Australia, 20 May 2012, aged 94 years
Cemetery: Enfield Memorial Park, South Australia
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

16 Jul 1940: Enlisted Private, SX9021, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX9021, General / Motor Transport Company/ies (WW2)
17 Jul 1940: Involvement Private, SX9021
17 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
27 Feb 1946: Discharged Private, SX9021, General / Motor Transport Company/ies (WW2)
27 Feb 1946: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SX9021, General / Motor Transport Company/ies (WW2)

Super Sid - an S.A. Legend

Sid Goodfellow enlisted in the WWII & was despatched to Singapore with great mates Clyde and Lyle Reynolds. Upond Singapore's fall Clyde was killed on the wharf very near Sid while both Lyle and he then became Prisoners of War for 3 & 1/2 years. Under brutal conditions Sid was consigned to bury his fellow diggers & mates tortured on the infamous Burma Railway always treating each digger with enormous respect, continuously talking & having normal conversations with each as if they were alive and finally wishing them well at completion of his task. He was eventually transferred to slave labour in a coalmine in Japan near Nagasaki where he witnessed the second atomic bomb leading to eventual repatriation for all slave labour prisoners. Sid marched Anzac Day while able and when unable, travelled by wheelchair with the aid of family. His volunteering and fund raising over decades to any number of charities, surf lif saving in particular, is legendary. Indeed a humane, kind and generous person with a playful larrikin streak - a true Aussie Legend!

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Sidney Richard GOODFELLOW was born on 2nd March, 1918 in Braeville, South Australia (now called Kilburn)

His parents were Theodore Ethelbert GOODFELLOW and Emily Eliza Hampson ROBINSON


Three of his brothers served in WW2

1. Arthur Charles GOODFELLOW (SN SX26116) & (SN S11817) Army - discharged 1944

2. Vernon Theodore GOODFELLOW (SN 140997) RAAF - discharged 1946

3. William Edward GOODFELLOW (SN SX9022) Army - discharged 1945

Two Uncles served as follows:

1. Clarence Leslie GOODFELLOW  (SN1129) WW1 returned to Australia 1919

2. Arthur Stewart Pretoria GOODFELLOW (SN116049) Air Force discharged 1947