Little is known of Eric Gould, who was born on 16th July, 1947, except that he served as 55890 Private Eric George Gould, with the 8th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and was killed, aged 22, in Long Khan Province, South Vietnam on 21st December 1969.

He was the battalion’s first casualty.

After cremation his ashes were returned to the UK but nothing else is known of the ashes whereabouts or any surviving next of kin.

Now the American and Australian governments are building a memorial research library in Washington DC and one its features will be a wall of photos of those who lost their lives fighting in Vietnam.

Two photographs of Eric Gould in combat fatigues, taken against the backdrop of what appears to be a jungle, can be viewed on

Anyone with more information about Mr Gould should contact Rick “Barney” Bigwood at the following email address: