Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

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 2 March 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/eric-gooch [sources]




Use the below form or email history@carnamah.com.au

Name:
 
Email:
 
Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
 
 
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.


During this time we encourage you to stay active + keep connected. Check out Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home for ideas!