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Graham Henry Goad

Portrait, Weekly News 31 December 1941 - This image may be subject to copyright
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Graham Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Goad AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    14478 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 December 1910 AWMM [United Kingdom]Europe AWMM
    United Kingdom AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Western Desert AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    14478 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) AWMM
      Citation for Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM): "On the morning of 29 November 1941, at Point 175, near Sidi Rezegh, Libya, Private Goad was company signaller of D Company. The enemy overran the position, practically surrounding Company Headquarters and killing the Company Commander. Observation was difficult for the forward observation officer but Private Goad observed and directed the artillery fire for more than an hour through the Battalion Headquarters Exschange, although under continuous enemy fire. On several occasions he appeared to be surrounded by the enemy but managed to hold on in his slit trench. His action materially assisted in stabilising the position." (London Gazette, 20 January 1942) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Carpenter/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The 'Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45 21 Battalion' by J.F. Cody states the following in regards to the actions of the Battalion in Libya in 1941:

    "Private Graham Goad helped materially in repulsing the attack on D company. His post was surrounded and he could have surrendered without dishonour. At one stage he rang through and said there appeared to be no alternative but to surrender, but he hung on. When the attack fell away the machine-gun posts remained well forward and restricted all movement. The guns were being directed on to them, but some were in positions that could not be seen by the forward observation officer. Goad stood up whenever a shell was due to land, noted the fall and phoned directions through Battalion Headquaters direct to the battery until the machine guns were all knocked out. When the enemy finally withdrew there was only one tank left, and the English anti-tank guns were all silent, with their crews dead along side them." (p. 137)

    Remembered on the Drury-Runciman Memorial AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    26 June 1942 AWMM
    Age 32 AWMM
    Western DesertNorth Africa AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt AWMM Plot 30, Row C, (common) Graves 13-14 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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  • Memorial name
    Drury-Runciman Memorial, near Drury Hall, New Zealand AWMM

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  • External links
    Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand History online. Drury Runciman Memorial.
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • N.Z.E.F. Times AWMM
      22 December 1941, p.8. AWMM
    • Polaschek, A. (1983). The Complete New Zealand Distinguished Conduct Medal. Christchurch, N.Z.: Medals Research. AWMM
      p. 274. 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
      p.175 AWMM
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