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William Raymond Goodmanson

Photograph of Warrant Officer William Raymond Goodmanson. Image kindly provided by his son Ray Goodmanson (January 2020). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Warrant Officer William Raymond Goodmanson. Image kindly provided by his son Ray Goodm …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Raymond AWMM
  • Surname
    Goodmanson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 3008 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 December 1915 AWMM LytteltonChristchurch AWMM
  • Date of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 C/o Ambury's Limited, Point Farm, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 C/o Ambury's Limited, Point Farm, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mrs T. Goodmanson (mother), 16 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs T. Goodmanson (mother), 16 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton, New Zealand AWMM
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  • War
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    Army AWMM
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    WWII 3008 AWMM
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  • WO I W. R. Goodmanson, MM, EM; Lyttelton; born Lyttelton, 23 Dec 1915; farm labourer. (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p.310.)

    'Night patrolling began on 26 July, five nights after EI Mreir, when small parties went out westwards to cover engineers blowing gaps in Jerry's minefields. This was not just wanton destruction, but was part of a big programme of alarums and excursions organised to divert Jerry's attention from an attack farther north by 30 Corps. The attack was no more successful than Ruweisat or EI Mreir, but the fun and games on the NZ front brought down a very satisfying response from Jerry, who put up flares and opened defensive fire in obvious agitation. Nightly from then on patrols from every battalion prodded his line, 18 Battalion regularly sending out two or three—nuisance patrols to lay mines across Jerry's tracks or to cut his phone wires, large fighting patrols to stir up trouble or get prisoners, small reconnaissance patrols looking for information without trouble. Only rarely was there much excitement, though there were many small brushes with the enemy; throughout August 18 Battalion had no more than five wounded on patrol. The enthusiastic Clifton was apt to grumble at his patrols' apparent lack of results, but Jerry was nearly always on the alert, with tanks and quick-triggered machine-gunners well forward and even small searchlights shining towards our lines, and all the battalions were too short of men to take foolhardy risks. In any case, the patrols did more than appeared on the surface. They mapped Jerry's defences with great care and accuracy, which was confirmed a little later when aerial photos of the front first began to be used. Some of the more venturesome patrollers—for example, Sergeant Bill Goodmanson of A Company, Sergeants Bill Kennedy and Reg Pickett of B, CSM Archie Fletcher and Sergeant Claude Tullock of C—wangled their way out night after night, and in the end could talk as familiarly of landmarks and defences on Jerry's front as on their own. They were also effectively carrying out the Eighth Army's policy of giving Jerry no rest, of hitting him when and how they could, of keeping him on the jump. It was a pretty sure guess that Rommel was stacking up for another attack, and the more his preparations could be disturbed, the better.' (Source: Dawson, W.D. 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. p. 310.) AWMM
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Sources

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    'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East.' (London Gazette, 5 November 1942, p.4797.). Military Medal.
    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35771/supplements/4797
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 67 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 15: WW2 55 AWMM
    • Dawson, W. (1961). 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.310, 315. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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28 April 2020Raymond WilliamTownsville, AustraliaChild
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