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Goodson, Henry Francis (6397) (Frank)

Place of Birth: Devonport, TAS

Age: 26 years

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 22 July 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 6397            view online service record

169 Stokes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Horace Henry Cecil Goodson (brother)
169 Stokes Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 11 September 1916
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion – 20th Reinforcements

KIA: Thursday, 25 October 1917
Place: Belgium

Brother: Horace Henry Cecil Goodson (Cecil)

cilPrivate, 8 Infantry, killed in action 25 October, 1917, Belgium, aged 28, Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.

Aunt: Mrs Olive GARRAWAY (parents deceased), born Devonport, Tasmania, educated SS. Enlisted with aunt as next of kin, 169 Stokes Street. Brother, 6396, Horace Henry GOODSON was originally next of kin but enlisted at the same time and the pair embarked together with the 8 Infantry and with consecutive Regimental Numbers. Circular from Horace at Stokes Street.

cilAdditional research by Brian Membrey

H F (Frank) and H H C (Cecil) Goodson were orphans and although they both listed their aunt Olive Garraway’s address as their address when they enlisted, a newspaper report from April 1917 indicates they had been living with Mrs J Greig at 235 Princes Street. One for 12 years and the other for 10 years.

1917 ‘Interesting Picture.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 14 April, p. 2. , viewed 04 Apr 2017,


1917 ‘KILLED IN ACTION.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 24 November, p. 2. , viewed 13 Oct 2017,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 18, 2016 2.00 pm 0Likes

    “He was killed right alongside me by a shell in a sort of dug-out dying instantly at Passchendaele. We buried his head and shoulders on the spot. Came from Port Melbourne. A nice lad” (A McIntyre, 7021)

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted March 12, 2017 9.51 am 0Likes

    Noted as amongst a group of Swallow & Ariell employees, Port Melbourne Standard. 2 July, 1917.

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