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Walter C Parson Group helps to repatriate Commonwealth soldier

Funeral director company, Walter C. Parson Group, have said it was “beyond privileged” when its staff were approached by the New Zealand Defence Force to repatriate a Commonwealth soldier.

The firm helped with the arrangements to dis-inter and repatriate Leading Marine Engineer William Goodwin as part of Te Auraki (The Return). Te Auraki is a project which was authorised by the New Zealand government in March 2018 to return home any servicemen who lost their lives overseas between 1955 – 1971.

Mr Goodwin passed away in Plymouth in 1956, and was buried in a Commonwealth War Grave at Weston Mill Cemetery. He was returned home to his family in Auckland on Wednesday 26 September.

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