Other names: John Henry
Locations in this story: Frimley, SurreyHunsdon, Nr. Ware, HertfordshirePenn Hill, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersStourpaine, DorsetRomsey, Hampshire
Story: John Henry Goddard was born at Frimley, Surrey, on 30th July 1892 and baptised there on 9th October 1892, the son of Henry Goddard and Emma Charlotte Goddard (née Davis). By 1901 he was living at Hunsdon, Nr. Ware, Hertfordshire and by 1911 he and the family had moved to 74 Penn Hill, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Shortly after this his father died in the same year. John enlisted and joined 7th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment as a Private (Service No. G/2238). He served in France and Flanders from 24 Jul 1915 with the 8th Battalion and whilst there was awarded the Military Medal. He was eventually discharged on 2nd March 1919 and further awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He returned to live with his widowed mother in Bedchester and by the 1921 Census was working as a General Labourer at the Shaftesbury Golf Club. He married Laura Mary Barnett at Stourpaine, Dorset, on 26th July 1931. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 50 Duttons Road, Romsey, Hampshire, working as a Builder's Labourer. His death was recorded in Romsey in 1952.