Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

Born: 12th July 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 17th October 1917; age 19; killed when S.S. ‘Manchuria’ was sunk by an enemy submarine off Ushant.

Residence: 220, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Employed: by Great Eastern Railway from October 1912, as a Parcel’s Van Lad, followed by a Lad with the East Suffolk Signal Box and from there worked in the Linesman Department.

Resigned from G.E.R. March 1915 to join the Royal Navy.

Enlistment Location: London; date: 15th October 1915. Height: 5ft 5 1/2ins, medium complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair. Tattoo: of an Anchor on left forearm.



R.N.D. – Victory I – Able Seaman – 14th February – 1916 – 18th March 1916.

R.N.V.R. – Excellent – Able Seaman – 19th March 1916 – 8th September 1916.

President III – Acting Leading Seaman – 9th September 1916 – 31st January 1917.


Promoted – Acting Leading Seaman – 8th September 1916.


Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: London Z/3578.

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, S.S. ‘Manchuria.’


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Samuel & Hannah Goodwin, of 220, Wherstead Road, Stoke, Ipswich.




1901   220, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Goodwin, 38, a Railway Engine Fitter, born Ipswich.

Hannah Goodwin (nee Watling), 33, born Ramsey, Huntingdonshire.

Samuel Goodwin, 8, born Ipswich.

Hannah Goodwin, 6, born Ipswich.

Harry Stanley Goodwin, 8 months, born Ipswich.


1911   220, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


Charles was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel, 48, an Engine Fitter – G.E.Railway.

Hannah, 42.

Hannah, 15.

Harry, 10.

Albert Goodwin, 8, born Ipswich.

Ellen Goodwin, 6, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Goodwin, 4, born Ipswich.

Hatty Goodwin, 2, born Ipswich.

Louisa Goodwin, 1, born Ipswich.


Charles is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London and at St. Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.


 G.E.R. ‘Toll for the Brave.’

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society



The S.S.’Manchuria’ was a British Steamer, built in 1905. The cargo ship of 2997 tons was owned by Metcalfe, Simpson & Co.Ltd., West Hartlepool. On the 17th October 1917, S.S.’Manchuria’ was on a voyage from La Goulette to West Hartlepool with a cargo of iron ore. She was torpedoed without warning by German submarine U-53, Commander Hans Rose. 60 miles northwest of Ushant. 26 lives lost including the Master.





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