Charles Reuben AWMM
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WWII 36837 AWMM
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Military Medal (MM) AWMM
6 April 1944 AWMM
The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Goodwin, Charles Reuben. (Ref. WO 373/5/456). Military Medal. AWMM
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Corporal C. R. Goodwin, MM; Marton; born Hunterville, 29 May 1911; labourer. (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p.508.)
'The Company wireless car had come down to the end of the track at daybreak and on its own initiative sent for an ambulance, so that when Hermans arrived to ask for medical aid the MO was already attending the walking cases. The ambulance orderlies, some 3 Platoon men, Lieutenant Hermans and Corporal ‘Chick’ Goodwin, who had already brought one man out, returned for the rest of the wounded.
The platoon commander remained at the bridge directing the stretcher bearers. It was two hours before the last of the casualties were away, and then, after a final search, Hermans found that one of the apparently dead sappers was still alive. A sapper whose name cannot be discovered had remained with Lieutenant Hermans and the pair improvised a stretcher with a couple of folding-boat oars, a length of rope and some great-coats. The bridge area was still under fire as they carried out Sapper Hume until a stretcher party from 3 Platoon took over. It was all in vain for Hume died before he could be attended to. Lieutenant Hermans and Corporal Goodwin were later decorated with the MC and MM respectively. With eleven killed or died of wounds and eight wounded, practically half the platoon became casualties in those few minutes.' (Source: Cody, J.F. NZ Engineers, Middle East. p. 508.)
Last known address: 20 Arawa Street AWMM
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- Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
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