Sidney James AWMM
Also known as
WWI 2/1002 AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW1 Pre 24 October 1914 AWMM 25 Grafton Road, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW1 Mrs C. Goodyear (mother), Devonport Road, Tauranga, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 14 December 1914 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
5 foot 9 3/4 inches AWMM
- Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
Light brown AWMM
- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
Jaundice December 1915 on evacuation from Gallipoli, 15th general Hospital, Alexandria then Luxor Convalescing AWMM
- Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
Gassed at Passchendaele, sent to 5th General Hospital at Rouen, then Brockenhurst, then Hornchurch until mid February 1918, then Codford AWMM
- Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
Internal problems AWMM
Left England 1 May 1918 on Ulimaroa, arriving in New Zealand 14 June 1918
In 1920 allotted a soldier settlement farm at Rotoma, sold the farm in 1940 and retired to Athenree.
“Sidney James Goodyear served in the New Zealand Field Artillery from 1914 to 1918. He was part of the 4th (four gun) Howitzer Battery, which was the first battery to land at Gallipoli. He went on to fight in France and at the Battle of Passchendaele, in Belgium, where he was wounded. After the war Goodyear was assigned a soldier settlement block of land at Rotoma, which he developed and farmed. The family later shifted to Athenree in 1940. He died in 1971, aged 82 years.” - from Manuscript record.
"Sidney James Goodyear served in the New Zealand Field Artillery from 1914 to 1918. He was part of the 4th Howitzer Battery, which was the first battery to land at Gallipoli. He went on to fight in France and at the Battle of Passchendaele, in Belgium, where he was wounded.
After the war Goodyear was assigned a soldier settlement block of land at Rotoma, which he developed and farmed. The family later shifted to Athenree in 1940. He died in 1971, aged 82 years.
Sidney was the fourth of nine children and sent many letters to his seven sisters during the war. This correspondence was not only written on normal note paper and postcards but on some more unlikely materials including Howitzer cartridge caps and on the back of cigarette packets. Two of these Howitzer card letters are transcribed below.
I am getting on alright and am doing well we get well fed and enough sleep and have plenty of fun to keep laughing over it is rather exhausting being at war sometimes we are getting the Turks a few shells to keep them quiet just now.
Love to all From Sid
Letter on Howitzer cartridge cap from 2/1002 Sidney James Goodyear, New Zealand Field Artillery, to his sister Alice, post-marked 9 July 1915:
Just received yours of 16th May. I only get one weekly from you so far others must have gone astray. Glad to hear all well at home. I am alright so far had a few narrow escapes so far but nothing to skite about. I have met a good many Tga [Tauranga] boys here.
Love to all From Sid Goodyear
Goodyear was part of the Howitzer Battery which his son Alan suggests as being part of the reason why he survived Gallipoli. This unit was in a more protected position out of range of normal fire.
Alan goes on to state that "[Sidney] never told his family much about Gallipoli but one story that we heard was that the reason that he did not fall sick was that he had acquired a tin of curry and used some with every meal of bully beef.
Auckland War Memorial Museum holds the Sidney: Goodyear, Sidney James. War letters and papers, 1914 - 2006. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2007-25 which includes 100 letters sent to his mother and seven sisters during the war." Online Cenotaph profile. AWMM
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- Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
- Military Personnel file AWMM
- New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
Vol1: 271 AWMM
- AWMM Goodyear, Sidney James. War letters and papers, 1914 - 2006. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2007/25. AWMM
- Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
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