Sydney Herbert Goodwin

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 16, 1886

Born at Sidcup County, Kent England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59377 (temporary number 867)

Ø      Next of kin given as Jessie Pearson, sister, of 35 Reventlan Rd, New Eltham, Kent England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Miner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


Feb 18, 1915

Fined for Drunkenness.  (The amount is not recorded in the file)


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 19, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 22, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL and sentenced to 14 days Detention and restricted pay to 50% for 1 month


Aug 30, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Sep 5, 1915

Taken into custody and sentenced to 14 days detention along with a forfeiture of 7 days pay


Sep 15, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France while Pte Goodwin was in Detention. 

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion 

Upon his release from Detention, he was sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited an additional 2 days pay


Nov 25, 1915

Sentenced to 91 days Detention by a District Court Martial for Desertion


Nov 30, 1915

The Detention sentence was commuted dependent on him proceeding to France and he was released from prison


Dec 1, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre France as part of a draft of 583 reinforcements 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 10, 1915

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Dec 13, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the N & O Front Line Trenches


Apr 16, 1916

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #1 for Drunkenness and Breaking Arrest


Apr 29, 1916

Found to be drunk in the billets at 2 pm and sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #1


May 3, 1916

Sentenced to an additional 14 days Field Punishment #1 for Breaking Out of Ranks without permission and Refusing to Obey an Order.  This sentence was remitted by the GOC (General Officer Commanding) the 4th Brigade.


Jun 15, 1916

Admitted to the No 13 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne with a slight Shrapnel Wound to the face


Jun 17, 1916

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


Jun 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital to Base Details


Jun 27, 1916

Arrived at the CBD and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jun 28, 1916

Proceeded to join the Battalion


Jun 30, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion at the Micmac Camp


Sep 15, 1916

Wounded in the right arm and admitted to the No 4 CFA then transferred to the DRS (Divisional Rest Station) 

This happened during the fighting on the Somme when the 21st Battalion was given the Sugar Factory at Courcelette as their objective.  It was the first time the Canadians had attacked with tanks


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to the No 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred via No 11 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 20 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Sep 22, 1916

Transferred to No 24 General Hospital at Etaples


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot and Myalgia was added to the diagnosis


Oct 8, 1916

Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Nov 15, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the Base Depot at Havre


Nov 17, 1916

Arrived at the CBD at Havre and posted to “A” Company


Dec 13, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Dec 16, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Mar 26, 1917

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for Drunkenness


Apr 4, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion as they were preparing for the attack at Vimy Ridge


Apr 9, 1917

Pte Goodwin was wounded during the advance at Vimy Ridge and admitted to No 6 CCS


Apr 14, 1917

Died of his wounds received in action

Barlin Communal Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France

Post war, the following were sent to his mother, Sarah Goodwin, at 37 Woodside Cr, Longlands Park, Sidcup Kent, England: 

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Memorial Cross
Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll

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