Person NameGoodland; Herbert Thomas (1874-1956); Col.; soldier; Deputy Controller
ForenamesHerbert Thomas
Epithetsoldier; Deputy Controller
SourceCWGC Archive, WG 21988
Biographical NoteColonel Herbert Thomas Goodland was the Commission's Deputy Controller after the First World War.

He was born on 6 November 1874 in Taunton, Somerset. In 1891, he emigrated to Manitoba, Canada and took up farming. He later became a businessman in British Columbia. In 1900, Herbert married Ethel Hail Hawkins.

In 1910, he was granted a Commission in the Canadian 104th Regiment. In 1914, he returned to the United Kingdom and was granted a Commission in the 2nd Bn., Royal Munster Fusiliers before he was promoted to Temporary Captain and posted to the 6th Bn., Royal Munster Fusiliers. The following year, Goodland was appointed Staff Captain and served on the Staff of the 30th Brigade, 10th Division in Gallipoli, Salonika, Serbia and Macedonia. However, in June 1916, he contracted paratyphoid and invalided to the UK. Goodland returned to France in 1917 and served as a Major and Acting Lt.-Col. with the 1st Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers in France. He then served as a Major and Acting Lt.-Col. with the 5th Bn. Royal Berks Regiment in France and Flanders. In January 1919, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

In 1919, Herbert was appointed as the IWGC Deputy Controller - responsible for the organisation of the Commission and its construction work in France and Flanders. He remained in this post until June 1928 when he resigned from the IWGC and returned to live in British Columbia, Canada. He was also awarded the CB for the efficiency he displayed while working with the IWGC.

In 1930, Ethel Goodland died. Herbert later married Marjorie Kathleen Ryall and the couple had a daughter.

Herbert died on 18 August 1956, aged 81. He is buried in St. Luke’s Churchyard, Saanich, Canada.


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