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Ralph Burton Goodwin

Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Goodwin. Image kindly provided by Gordon Andreassend (April 2021).

Photograph of Lieutenant Commander Goodwin. Image kindly provided by Gordon Andreassend (April 2021) …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ralph Burton AWMM
  • Surname
    Goodwin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 6159 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 July 1902 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs Eleanor E. Goodwin (mother), Auckland AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    25 December 1941 AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Wrote "Escape from the Japanese: The Amazing Tale of a PoWs Journey from Hong Kong to Freedom." Also known as Hongkong escape.

    Commander of the ML10 (Motor Launch), Second ML Flotilla.

    From the Royal New Zealand Navy, Official Histroy of New Zealand in the Second World War, "He made a remarkable escape in July 1944 when he broke out of Shamsuipo Camp, swam to the mainland and, eleven days later, got clear of the Japanese lines and met friendly Chinese who escorted him to Waichow. For this exploit he was awarded the OBE and was commended by the Commander-in-Chief British Pacific Fleet for his service in the rescue and care of prisoners of war in 1945." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    Sep 1994 AWMM
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
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