Biography

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

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 Goddard also served at Broodseinde Ridge and Passchendaele; and repealed an attack at Amiens in April 1918; and Morlancourt.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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of embarkation: 12 May 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Order of St Michael and St George
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Order of St Michael and St George
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Unit: 3rd Australian Division
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Order of St Michael and St George
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Belgian Croix de Guerre
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Order of St Michael and St George
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: Headquarters 9th Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Distinguished Service Order
  • Unit: 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Order of St Michael and St George
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Belgian Croix de Guerre
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 9th Australian Infantry Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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