Pearl Stella GOODMAN

Year of Birth:  1886

Place of Birth:  Millthorpe, New South Wales

Date of Enlistment:  7 December 1916

Date and Place of Embarkation:  29 December 1916, Sydney New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Themistocles A32

Rank:  Staff Nurse

Unit(s):  Reinforcements A.A.N.S., AIF

Regimental Number:  N/A

Died:  6 March 1919


Staff Nurse Pearl Stella Goodman – photo courtesy of Discovering Anzacs


Pearley (Pearl) Stella Goodman was born in Millthorpe NSW on the 31 May 1886 to Thomas Goodman and Caroline Bentley and was one of 9 children. Annie A. born 1875, Frances H. 1876, Bertha M. 1877, Albert E. 1879, Rodger Frederick 1881,  John H. L. 1884, then Pearly (Pearl) 1886, Thomas V. 1888 and Caroline I. J. 1892.

Two brothers, John Howard Leslie S/N 66309 and Thomas Vincent S/N  4299, served in World War 1 and both returned safely.

On her enlistment Pearl Stella gave her age as 30 years 9 months and was living at Enoggera and that she had served in the AANS (Australian Army Nursing Service) since 20th October 1915.  Her sister Frances Helena Tait, Federal Farm, Forest Reefs was her next of kin.  Her height was 5 feet 1 ½ inches and she weighed 126 pounds. Pearl had fair complexion, grey eyes and fair hair and her religion was Baptist.

Pearl trained at the Orange Hospital NSW  and was senior sister at the Cairns District Hospital from February 1914, and acting Matron from May 1915 until her enlisment

After Pearl Stella had disembarked at Plymouth on the 3 March 1917 she proceeded to France on the 12 March 1917 and was posted to the 7th General Hospital, Rouen on the 14 March 1917. On the 22 October 1917 Pearl was admitted to 36th Casualty Clearing Station and was transferred to Southwell Gardens Hospital, England on 18 November 1917 suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis. After her return to Australia on the 16 February 1918 she was discharged on the 15 August 1918 due to medical unfitness.

Although Pearl Stella’s sister Mrs Frances Tait was her next of kin, her medals, according to the defined line of succession for the distribution of medals that brothers must be considered before sisters, her medals were sent to her brother who was living in America.

Pearl Stella Goodman died in the Malabar Convalescent Home in Pennant Hills on the 6 March 1919 and is buried at Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW.


HMAT Thermistocles A32 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial


NAA: B2455.


pearl;Leader (Orange) NSW – 12 March 1919, p3


Online Resources

Photograph of the HMAT Themistocles: PS0369, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Goodman P S, National Archives of Australia

Photograph Nurse Pearl Goodman, Discovering Anzacs

NSW Birth Death and Marriage Index

Trove:  Leader (Orange NSW) 12 March 1919, p3

NAA:B2455 Goodman J H L, National Archives of Australia

NAA: B2455, Goodman T V, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial


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