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Canadian Service personnel in WW2

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SXlad Report 24 Mar 2014 19:13

I am searching for information about a Jack Goodall, a Canadian serviceman who was stationed in Sussex during early 1943. He possibly served with RCAF and may have come from Alberta, BC, or Ontario. Any leads from Goodall family members would be appreciated. Paul Vidler, Essex, UK


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 24 Mar 2014 19:50

An internet search brings up at least 4 similar posts on other sites in the last few days - have you had any helpful replies?

Alberta and Ontario are thousands of miles away - why the confusion?

Assuming you have the correct spelling of the surname, he isn't listed as KIA in the CWGC site, so that's something.
Don't forget that Jack could be a diminutive of John.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 24 Mar 2014 19:54

It does help if you give all the information you have eg

Jack Dalrymple Goodall (1913-1989) Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

I would like to hear from anyone who knew Jack D Goodall (b 1913 Ontario - d 1989 Edmonton) or has any recollection of his military career in WW2.

Your tree on Ancestry shows that his 'wife' was Winifred Ruby Crawley who is likely to have been born in Ontario & to have died in Edmonton, also that they had a daughter.

Apart from the 1963 ER, your source is other trees on that site - have you backtracked to the originator and asked if they have any other information? What about his brother who you name as Martin?

Have you looked into relatives of Winifred?


mgnv Report 25 Mar 2014 04:26

Have you checked the 1921 census? - This is currently free via:

Have you applied for his WW2 service record? - See:

Have you googled Edmonton city directory? - There's a 1953 hit for him & Winnifred at:
[I didn't look further]


Cynthia Report 25 Mar 2014 13:14

Hello Paul and welcome to the Community Boards.

Note: I will let Paul know that he has replies to his query. :-)


SXlad Report 26 Mar 2014 13:12

Thanks to you all for your help. I will continue my searches on-line as always. Someone with a Goodall surname, or family connection will contact me some day, I'm sure! Paul Vidler/SXLad