Brigadier General Henry Arthur Goddard

Birth Date 13 December 1869
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Greater London, Ilford
Death Date 24 October 1955
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final Rank Brigadier General
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 18 April 1918 on page 843 at position 90
London Gazette 28 December 1917 on page 13566 at position 15

Henry Arthur Goddard was born in England in 1869 and, immigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1890. He married Elizabeth Maud Morrow in 1897. Goddard was placed in command of Brisbane defences at the outbreak of war in 1914. He joined Australian Imperial Force as Lieutenant Colonel in 1915 and appointed to command 25 Battalion. He was transferred to 17th Battalion and left Sydney on 12 May 1915 for Egypt. Goddard didn't get to Gallipoli until 2 September due to illness. He served at Quinn's Post and remained there until evacuation on 20 December 1915.Suffering further sickness he was invalided to Australian in 1916. In July 1916 he embarked again, being appointed commander of 35 Battalion. He arrived in France in November and took part in the battle of Messines and was awarded the DSO. Goddard also served at Broodseinde Ridge and Passchendaele; and repealed an attack at Amiens in April 1918; and Morlancourt. Appointed to command 9th Brigade in May 1918, Goddard, led the Somme offensive until the end of the war, including the battle of Bray-sur-Somme and the attack on the Hindenburg line. Goddard was mentioned in dispatches three times, and after the Armistice the awards of the CMG and the Belgian Croix de Guerre were announced. He returned to Australia in 1920.

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Place of Embarkation
    Sydney
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Themistocles A32
    Date of Embarkation
    12 May 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    35th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    1 January 1918 on page 28 at position 22
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 846 at position 59
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
    Classification
    Order of St Michael and St George
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    1 January 1919 on page 5 at position 5
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 887 at position 13
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Belgian Croix de Guerre
    Classification
    Belgian awards and medals
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    5 April 1919 on page 4525 at position 20
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 July 1919 on page 1169 at position 57
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    31 December 1918 on page 15225 at position 30
    Commonwealth Gazette
    23 May 1919 on page 878 at position 17
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Temporary Brigadier General
    London Gazette
    11 July 1919 on page 8826 at position 27
    Commonwealth Gazette
    30 October 1919 on page 1654 at position 106
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    35th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
    London Gazette
    28 December 1917 on page 13566 at position 15
    Commonwealth Gazette
    18 April 1918 on page 843 at position 90
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    07 February 1919
    Unit
    Headquarters 9th Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Belgian Croix de Guerre
    Classification
    Belgian awards and medals
    Date of Recommendation
    16 October 1918
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
    Classification
    Order of St Michael and St George
    Date of Recommendation
    30 September 1918
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    06 October 1917
    Unit
    35th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
    Classification
    Order of St Michael and St George
    Date of Recommendation
    30 March 1919
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Brigadier General
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
    Classification
    Order of St Michael and St George
    Date of Recommendation
    21 September 1918
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
    Classification
    Order of St Michael and St George
    Date of Recommendation
    27 March 1919
    Unit
    9th Australian Infantry Brigade
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Brigadier General
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Division
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    3rd Australian Division
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Colonel

Timeline

Date of birth 1869-12-13
Other 1890 Immigrated to Australia.
Date commissioned 1899-11-30 Commissioned as a lieutenant in the Moreton Regimenht.
Other 1906 - 1915 Consul for Paraguay.
Date promoted 1913-02-11 Promoted to lieutenant and given command of the regiment.
Other 1914 Placed in charge of the Brisbane Defences when war broke out.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1915-03-16 Appointed to the AIF with the rank of lieutenant colonel and given command of the 25th Infantry Battalion.
Other units 1915-05-09 Ordered to take over the command of the 17th Infantry Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-05-12
Other 1915-05-12 Took charge of the 17th Infantry Battalion on board the transport Themistocles, sailing for Egypt.
Other 1916-01-18 Admitted to hospital with a serious case of dysentry.
Other 1916-04-10 Evacuated to Australia.
Date returned to Australia 1916-05-18
Other 1916-07-16 Rejoined the AIF.
Other 1916-08-01 Departed from Melbourne on board HMAT Miltiades for London.
Other units 1916-10-13 Given command of the 35th Battalion.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-10-06
Date of honour or award 1918 Mention in Despatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his part in the action at Messines, Broodeseinde and Passchendaele.
Other units 1918-01-05 - 1918-02-18 Acting commander of the 9th Infantry Brigade.
Other units 1918-05-21 Took over command of the 9th Infantry Brigade.
Date promoted 1918-06-01 Promoted to full colonel and temporary brigadier general.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-21
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-30
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-10-16
Date of honour or award 1919 Mention in Despatches and made a Companion of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his part in the Bray-sur-Somme battle and the attack on the Hindenburg Line.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-02-07
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-03-27
Date of recommendation honour or award 1919-03-30
Other 1920-05-11 AIF appointment terminated.
Other units 1921 - 1926 Commanded the 14th Infantry Brigade and was honorary colonel of the 17th Infantry Battalion.
Other 1931 Placed on the retired list with the rank of brigadier general.
Date of death 1955-10-24

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