Warrant Officer II Alan Goodwin
Alan Lawrie Goodwin, Warrant Officer, Second Class; D Squadron, Lothians and Border Horse 1914-19
Alan Goodwin was an Edinburgh based architect. He served with D Squadron of the Lothians and Border Horse during the First World War. His horse, Zulu, would be supplied by the regiment (although many rurally based troopers supplied their own). Alan’s prior equine experience, or perhaps just plain natural horsemanship, won him a reputation: a contemporary poem describes him as “The Horsiest Man I Know” (from “Ballads of Field and Billet”, by W. Kersley Holmes). In accounts he comes across as a no-nonsense senior Non-Commissioned Officer, who drove a hard bargain during horse dealing negotiations.
In September 1916, Alan was mentioned in dispatches, recognition of particular dedication to duty. At this time D Squadron assisted in operations to cross the river Struma on the Macedonian Front and villages under enemy occupation were raided, so it may have been during these actions that he gained his award. ‘Mentions’ rewarded both acts of bravery or simply doing a task well. The award was signified by a miniature oak leaf attached to the ribbon of one of his medals.
After demobilisation Alan returned to Edinburgh and resumed his career as an architect; he was still working in the profession into his 70s. His lances and dress helmet had pride of place in the entrance hall of his Heriot Row, Edinburgh home: the helmet on top of a wardrobe and the lances at either side in imposing array.
AL Goodwin featured in one of the first four Personal View temporary displays of 2012 in the John Gray Centre Museum. Research by Nigel (Kenny) Kenworthy. Thanks to Cherry McIntyre, Alan Goodwin’s granddaughter.