John Goodwin (British Army officer)

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Lieutenant General
Sir John Goodwin
Sir John Goodwin.jpg
14th Governor of Queensland
In office
13 July 1927 – 7 April 1932
Monarch King George V
Preceded by Sir Matthew Nathan
Succeeded by Sir Leslie Orme Wilson
Personal details
Born (1871-05-24)24 May 1871
Kandy, Ceylon
Died 29 September 1960(1960-09-29) (aged 89)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Lilian Isabel Ronaldson
Profession Military doctor
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1893–1923
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Royal Army Medical Corps
Commands Director General Army Medical Services (1918–23)
Battles/wars North-West Frontier
First World War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches (3)
Army Distinguished Service Medal (United States)
Croix de guerre (Belgium)

Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Herbert John Chapman Goodwin KCB, KCMG, DSO (24 May 1871 – 29 September 1960), known as Sir John Goodwin, was a British soldier and medical practitioner, who served as the Governor of Queensland from 1927 to 1932.

Goodwin was born in 1871 in Kandy, Ceylon to a British Army surgeon father and an Australian mother. He was educated in England at Newton College, Devon, and undertook medical training at St Mary's Hospital, London where he graduated with a Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (M.R.C.S.) and Royal College of Physicians (L.R.C.P.) in 1891.[1]

Commissioned a lieutenant in the British Army Medical Department, Goodwin was stationed in India where he saw active service on the North-West Frontier from 1897 to 1898 and was awarded to the Distinguished Service Order.[1]

Governor of Queensland[edit]

Goodwin served as Governor of Queensland from 13 July 1927 to 7 April 1932.


He was a freemason. During his term as Governor (1927–1932), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Queensland.[2]


Paths constructed by Goodwin in the grounds of Government House
Portrait of Lady and Sir John Goodwin, March 1928
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General Sir Alfred Keogh
Director General Army Medical Services
Succeeded by
Lieutenant General Sir William Leishman
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Matthew Nathan
Governor of Queensland
Succeeded by
Sir Leslie Orme Wilson