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Commemorating one hundred years since Gooding brothers killed in action

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Current News
Date Published  Sunday, September 24 2017
Author  Dimboola Courier

Commemorating one hundred years since Gooding brothers killed in action
Around thirty people gathered at the Dimboola Cemetery on Sunday afternoon to commemorate one hundred years since the death of brothers Harold and Walter Gooding, only days apart during fighting on the Western Front of World War I.

Descendants and interested locals came together at the Cemetery for a service which included the story of the two brothers delivered by Bob Gooding (pictured above left, with Glenn Hogan looking on), a nephew of Harold and Walter.


Above: three generations of descendants: Carolyn Hogan, Willem Hogan, and Judy Neagle.

Janet McRae and Myra Walsh laid a wreath (pictured below) in memory of their uncles, and Willem Hogan recited the Ode.



Harold Gooding was born at Dimboola on 10th July 1893 and was schooled at Lochiel. He enlisted in the AIF on 8th October 1915 at the age of 22, and left Melbourne aboard the ‘Medic’ on 20th May 1916, arriving at Plymouth on 18th July that year.

He proceeded to France at the end of 1916 and served as a Gunner with the 8th Field Artillery Brigade in France and Belgium. Nine months later, on 30th September 1917, he lost his life in action near Ypres, Belgium, only several miles from where his younger brother Walter lost his life days earlier.

Walter Tom Gooding was born at Dimboola on 22nd August 1895 and attended school at both Lochiel and Gerang Gerung. He enlisted a year after his brother, on 6th October 1916, leaving Melbourne aboard the ‘Port Melbourne’ on 21st October that year. He was a Private with the 10th Reinforcements for the 29th Battalion. He trained in England before joining the Battalion in France on 7th April 1917.

Walter fought in the Battle of Polygon Wood. It is believed that he died on 26th or 27th September 1917. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.


Above: the “Dead Man’s Pennies” presented to Harold and Walter’s family after they lost their lives. These plaques were issued to the families of all those who lost their lives, and recognise all equally by not including their rank, unit, or decorations.

The pair is commemorated on the town’s memorial at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College and both have a tree in the Avenue of Honour around the College’s front oval. The Avenue of Honour has recently undergone a restoration as many of the old trees were nearing the end of their life.

The centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, where Walter lost his life, will be commemorated with a Dawn Service at the Buttes New British Cemetery in Belgium this Tuesday, 26th October.


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