Richard Godden is also a 56 Kokoda Trek veteran, born into a family with a long military history, my father’s great-great uncle was at the Charge of the Light Brigade. My Grandfather was in the British Army for over 25 year and served in the Great War with Worcestershire Regiment.
My father was in the 2/2 Pioneers and served in the Middle East, Greece and New Guinea.
I grew up walking in the Blue Mountains in NSW with Paddy Pallin while in the scouts.
This experience led me to join the 1st. Royal New South Wales Regiment (Commando) now known as 1 Commando Regiment as a canoeist and small scale raid soldier.
I am a member of the Australian Commando Association (Vic).
I was the Activities Coordinator for some 9 years and still serve as a member of the committee.
I arranged for the Association to walk the Kokoda Track in 2001 and 2002.
I was then asked to act as an historical guide on the track which I have done since 2001.
I have competed 56 Kokoda crossings and 2 crossings of East Timor (Timor Leste).