Percy Harold Goodwin



Apr 6, 1889

Born in London, England to Conrad Joseph and Louisa Ann Jane (nee Almond) Goodwin 

His father, Conrad, died the year he was born


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion in Welland, Ontario 

Ø      Number 141675

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Louisa Goodwin, mother, PO Box 370, Welland, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø      Previous military experience given as 44th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       He was later assigned to the battalion’s first reinforcing draft


Sep 30, 1915

The battalion’s first draft boarded a train for Toronto to make a connection for travel to Montreal


Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the battalion’s 1st Draft


Oct 10, 1915

Disembarked in Portsmouth, England and proceeded to West Sandling where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Feb 19, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 649 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 11, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Mar 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve, La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the fighting on the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking a German strong point in a sugar refinery near Courcelette.  This was the first time the battalion had made an attack with tanks and they encountered severe German resistance.  Private Goodwin was killed in this action.  He was first reported as Missing in Action, but it was later determined that he had been killed. 

He was initially buried in a field near Courcelette but when the war ended, his body could not be located and as a result, he is honoured on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his brother, James Conrad Goodwin, c/o Mr. Wilfred Goodwin, Box 77 Humberstone, Ontario 

Note that the Memorial Cross was sent to his brother as his mother, Louisa Goodwin had died after Percy, but prior to the medals being dispatched


Private Goodwin is honoured on the Welland, Ontario War Memorlal

He is also honoured on the War Memorial in Port Colborne, Ontario

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