Topic: Lawrence Clyde Goodwin

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Lawrence Clyde Goodwin (service number 23/2565) was a First World War soldier with links to Upper Riccarton

Lawrence Clyde Goodwin was born 24th June 1895 in Riccarton, Christchurch to Lucy Goodwin. Lucy was the middle child of three born to Rachel Rae and Samuel Goodwin; Mary (born 1869), Lucy (1870) and Rachel (1885). Lucy Goodwin married James Bearpark in 1902 and they had two children Samuel born in 1902 and Rachel in 1905. Lawrence would have been about 7 years old.

Samuel Goodwin ran an accommodation house and a ferry service across the Rangitata River. Rachel's brother Robert Rae ran two ferries lower down the river. Rachel, Robert and their siblings (William, Samuel, John, Thomas and baby Adam) and parents, Simon and Mary Rae, came to New Zealand on the ship Cashmere in 1855. The Rae family lived in the South Canterbury area and Simon and Mary Rae are buried at Geraldine cemetery.

Lawrence's great grandparents, John and Lucy Goodwin, left England and arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand on the ship Duke of Portland in 1851. They were from Macclesfield in Cheshire. John had a farm in Harewood and his children attended Harewood School. John Goodwin died in 1879 when he drowned in the Avon River. John and Lucy Goodwin are buried in St Paul’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Harewood Road, Papanui.

Samuel Goodwin gave up his ferry service and moved his family north to Riccarton where he took up farming. Sadly in 1905 Samuel had been feeling down for a while and committed suicide. He is buried in St Peter’s cemetery at Church Corner, Christchurch along with his wife Rachael. On their headstone there is a record of their grandson Lawrence’s death in France.

Lawrence volunteered for army service on 17th November 1915. He was twenty years old. At that time he was living with his mother at 6 Winton Street, St Albans. He was working as a warehouseman for Butterfield Brothers in Lichfield Street. He became Private Goodwin, Service Number 23/2565.

Lawrence left Wellington, New Zealand by ship on 1st April 1916 and arrived in Suez, Egypt on 2nd May 1916. His stay in Egypt was short and on 20th May 1916 he boarded the troopship Ivernia bound for Marseilles in France. He joined the battle at the Somme. On 23rd September 1916 Lawrence’s casualty record says that he was wounded in action on 16th September 1916. The next entry on his card dated 11th November 1916 says he is now reported wounded and missing. The findings of a Court of Enquiry in 1917 decided that Private Goodwin had been killed in action on 16th September 1916. His body was identified and laid to rest in the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery at Somme in France.

Lawrence Clyde Goodwin is remembered on his grandparents Samuel and Rachael Goodwin’s headstone at St Peter’s Cemetery, Church Corner, the Roll of Honour at St Matthews Church at Cranford Street, St Albans and the Roll of Honour at the Upper Riccarton Memorial Library.

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Lawrence Clyde Goodwin


First Names:Lawrence Clyde
Last Name:Goodwin
Place of Birth:Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand