Raymond Tuahuriri McMillan Goodwillie

Raymond Tuahuriri McMillan

World War 2

Serial No
Lance Sergeant
Address on enlistment
Unknown, 161 MacLaggan Street, Dunedin, New Zealand
Next of kin
Mrs J. Goodwillie (mother), Longwood, Riverton, Southland, New Zealand

JF Cody's Official history (p.331) recounts the story told by Lt Tomoana (D Company) of RTM Goodwillie (Burnham MC; born Otakau, 27 Dec 1919; farmhand; transferred to Regular Force) in combat with the 28th Maori Battalion in December 1943.
"During our advance a young fellow, Goodwillie, R. T. M., took a book with him and as we went to ground he promptly lay on his back with his head to the enemy and commenced to read his book. An act of bravado really to take his mind off the battle. At one stage a mortar bomb landed close to him and his mind was soon brought back to the job in hand. Quite a sound idea in theory. I witnessed all this but said nothing. You know yourself all sorts of methods are used to conquer the feeling of fear."


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