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Ray Goddard

Portrait of Able Seaman Ray Goddard (624854/ NZ7853). Image kindly provided by Ray Goddard (January 2017). Image may be subject to copyright.
Portrait of Able Seaman Ray Goddard (624854/ NZ7853). Image … Read more


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ray AWMM
  • Surname
    Goddard AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII 624854 AWMM
    • WWII NZ7853 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • South East Asia AWMM
    • Pacific AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
  • Service number
    • WWII 624854 AWMM
    • WWII NZ7853 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • 1944 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Dengue Fever, Colombo Hospital AWMM
    • Eye colour, WWII AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, WWII AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Height, WWII AWMM
      5'11.5" AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Biographical account of Ray Goddard:

    Served with New Zealand Army, later enlisted with the Royal New Zealand Navy.

    Married a trained nurse Pamela Kirkby on the 8th of April, 1950. Twins born in 1952, a boy and a girl. Their son, John, qualified as a Lawyer, and Janet their daughter, a trained Nurse. Ray's Father was a commerical beekeeper.
    After his WW2 service, he joined the Agricultural Dept and served as an apiary instructor for 8 years before leaving to start a commericial apiary business.

    After 4 years Ray began a bookselling career which lasted 30 years. 23 years were spent as an executive on the N.Z. Booksellers Council - 3 of those as president. In 1984, Ray was awarded a certificate for outstanding service to the retail bookselling trade. Then, as a chairman of the Book Marketing Council (a joint publishing & Bookseller organisation), in 1985 he was elected to lifetime membership. The only bookseller ever to be given such an honour.

    In sports, Ray was a Bay of Plenty Rugby representative.

    Retired in Taupo 1988.

    Written onboard the HMS Gambia. On August 27th, 1945, we had last received orders to move into Japanese waters….It was a slow journey and an anxious few hours. We were all at action stations with guns loaded and ready to hit pre-selected targets. Apart from the concern of mine fields everyone thought a last ditch all out attach by suicide planes was a distinct possibility. Our aircraft carriers with their destroyer escorts stayed well out to sea but sent hundreds of planes to give us added protection. After so long at sea constantly on the alert, with the ship pitching and rolling in heavy seas the tranquility of being at anchor was intensely moving and enhanced by a glorious sunset against the backdrop of Mt Fujiyama. Then as the sun went down and sounds of the ships bugle echoed across the bay all sailors on deck stood to attention, faced aft and saluted as our flag was lowered for the day. Very very emotional! The war had really ended!

    Ships served with
    H.M.S Saunders - Egypt
    H.M.S. Assegai - Durban, South Africa
    H.M.S. Lanka - Ceylon
    H.M.N.Z. Gambia (June 1944 - 10th Jan 1946). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • In 2017, Ray Goddard was interviewed for the NGA TOA / Our War Oral History Projects. That video is on Vimeo and can be found at

    I am Ray Thomas and I author the site about HMNZS / HMS Gambia at
    Public - Ray - Researcher - 7 January 2019

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07 January 2019RayTerre Haute, Indiana, USAResearcher
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