I have just acquired the medals to the above chap and would appreciate any assistance with research. There are a number of entries on him on Find My Past (Newspaper reports) which I no longer subscribe to.
QSA/KSA CAPT. W.F. GOODWYN, DEVON REGT. TVL/NATAL PLUS TRIO TO MAJOR ON 1914 STAR WITH MONS CLASP BWM AND VICTORY TO LT.COL.
Walter Meredith Goodwyn was born on the 6th May 1871 in Ilfracombe Devon
His father Julius Edmond Goodwyn was a Major General in the British Army.
His mother was Euphemia Alexandra Victoria Goodwyn (nee Kent) who was born in Port Royal Jamaica.
Walter served in the militia whilst at university in 1894, gained a 1st class extra in musket at Hythe in 1896. He served in the East Indies from 23rd of March 1898 until the 7th of March 1899. South Africa 28th February 1900 until 5th October 1904.
He was 5 foot 11 and a half inches tall and spoke fluent French.
Harts list has an entry for Walter for the following:-
2nd Lieutenant 2/6/1894
QSA W0 100 / 174 medal roll dated 20th August 1901 Standerton 2 clasps as mentioned.
KSA W0 100/ 322 medal roll dated 21st May Southampton 1903 .Remarks column Adjutant Transvaal Volunteers.
A colourful character indeed, lots of info on line. I will try and post more details on his WW1 service at a later date.
He died in 1939 at a nursing home in Exmouth. Having lived in Budleigh Salterton. He is buried at All Saints Church Devon
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
This little group arrived this morning and here, as promised, is a photo.
The group to Walter Meredith Goodwyn comprises:
- QSA with clasps Natal and Transvaal to Capt. W.M. GOODWYN, Devon. Regt.
- KSA with clasps South Africa 1901 & 1902 to Capt. W.M. GOODWYN, Devon. Regt.
- 1914 (Mons) Star with 5th August to 22 November 1914 clasp) to MAJOR W.M. GOODWYN DEVON: R.
- British War Medal to LT. COL. W.M. GOODWYN
- Victory Medal to LT. COL. W.M. GOODWYN
Does anyone have any photos of the officers of the 2nd Devons wherein he features? ABW or WWI?