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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Eric GOOCH

Born 7 September 1899 in Sale, Victoria, Australia [16] [54]
Son of Charles Henry GOOCH and Lucy Alice Brough ABBOTT [54]
Farmer in Stratford, Victoria Australia [18]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Melbourne on 9 September 1915 [30: item 40770766]
His mother wrote a short signed statement giving her full consent for him to enlist, as he was under 21 years of age [30]
On enlistment he was recorded as 5 feet 7 inches tall with grew eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
After training at the Broadmeadows Camp he was appointed on 9 December 1915 to the 14th Reinforcements of the 5th Battalion [30]
Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on H.M.A.T. A32 Themistocles on 28 December 1916 [18]
Disembarked in Alexandria, Egypt on 28 February 1916; after further training was appointed to the 48th Battalion on 2 April 1916 [30]
Proceed to France for active service on 2 June 1916, arrived on 8 June 1916; was promoted to Lance Corporal on 9 March 1917 [30]
Private and then Lance Corporal 4495 in the Australian Imperial Force's 46th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
Received a severe gunshot wound to his left shoulder in France on 11 April 1917, and was evacuated to England for treatment [30]
Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 January 1918; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
From the 29 January 1918 onwards, the date of his discharge, he received a fortnightly pension from the A.I.F. of 45/- [30]
Following his discharge he appears to have resided, at least for a short time, with his parents in Three Springs [10]
Rendered "Marm'elle of Armeniteres" at the Returned Soldiers Reunion held in Three Springs on 13 November 1918 [10: 22-Nov-1918]
His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eric Gooch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 May 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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