Ralph Burton GOODWIN [1902-1994] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong
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Ralph Burton GOODWIN [1902-1994]

Names
Given: 
Ralph Burton
Family: 
Goodwin
Sex: 
Male
Status: 
Deceased
Birth
Date: 
1902-07-15
Birthplace (country): 
Death
Date: 
c.1994-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)

Ralph Burton Goodwin OBE RN​ZN​VR

  • Born in New Zealand 15 July 1902.
  • Attended Auckland Grammar School from 1916 to 1919.
  • Sailed in the winning yacht 'Teddy' in ​the ​first Trans-Tasman yacht race 1931.
  • As a member of the ​R​NZNVR saw service in Singapore and Hong Kong in1941.
  • Wounded and taken PoW December 1941.
  • Escaped ​from​ Sham Shui Po Japanese PoW camp on July 17, 1944.
  • Returned to Hong Kong at war's end in 1945.
  • Post war worked for the United Nations Relief Agency in China.
  • In 1958 went to Australia with the New Zealand Trade Commissioners service and retired ​in Australia.
  • Died in Australia in 1994.

An account of his escape from the PoW camp in Sham Shui Po has been published as the book "Escape from the Japanese".

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