Herman James Good

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Herman James Good
Herman James Good VC.jpg
Born 29 November 1887
South Bathurst, New Brunswick
Died 18 April 1969
Buried at Saint Albans Cemetery,[1] Bathurst
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Expeditionary Force
Rank Corporal
Unit 13th Battalion, CEF
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Herman James Good VC (29 November 1887 – 18 April 1969[2]) was a soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He is the namesake of the former Good Flight, part of the disbanded 13 Squadron at the Royal Military College of Canada.


Good was born in South Bathurst, New Brunswick on 29 November 1887. He was educated at the local public school and involved in lumber operations in the area.[3]

According to his Attestation Paper, Good enlisted on 29 June 1915, in Sussex, NB.[4] He first served with the 5th Battalion (Western Cavalry), CEF, then the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, before being transferred to the 13th (Royal Highlanders of Canada) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

On 8 August 1918 in the vicinity of Hangard Wood, France, on the opening day of the Battle of Amiens, his actions led to his receiving the Victoria Cross. (Fellow Royal Highlander John Bernard Croak also won the Victoria Cross that same day.)


For most conspicuous bravery and leading when in attack his company was held up by heavy fire from three enemy machine-guns, which were seriously delaying the advance. Realising the gravity of the situation, this N.C.O. dashed forward alone, killing several of the garrison, and capturing the remainder. Later on, Corporal Good, while alone, encountered a battery of 5-inch guns, which were in action at the time. Collecting three men of his section, he charged the battery under point-blank fire and captured the entire crews of three guns.

— The London Gazette, 27 September 1918[5]

He died in Bathurst, New Brunswick on 18 April 1969.

See also[edit]

Military history of Nova Scotia

List of Canadian Victorian Cross recipients


  1. ^ (WikiMapia latitude/longitude 47.6318922, -65.606854)
  2. ^ "DHH - Victoria Cross bios". Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ Machum, Geo. C. "Canada's V.C. 's" Toronto, McLelland & Stewart. (1956), First Edition
  4. ^ Soldiers of the First World War - CEF Library and Archives Canada
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30922. p. 11430. 27 September 1918. Retrieved 27 April 2015.

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