Other names: Fred Richard
Locations in this story: Tollard Royal, WiltshireBradford Peverell. DorsetFrance & FlandersDorchester, DorsetYeovill, SomersetSutton, SurreyArras, France
Story: Fred Richard Godden was born on 10 Apr 1899 at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, the son of William George Godden and Susanna Godden (nee Whitmarsh). By 1901 he had moved with his parents to Bradford Peverell, Dorset, where he spent most of his early life. He enlisted on 6 Feb 1917 but was not mobilized until 7 May 1917 when he joined the 34th/35th Training Reserve Battalion as a Private (Service No. 8/55876). He was later attached to the Somerset Light Infantry (Training Reserve) (Service No. 40987). He was transferred yet again to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Service No. 38951) and served in France & Flanders. He received shrapnel wounds at Arras, France, on 23 Aug 1918 and was hospitalized both in the field and in the UK. He was eventually discharged on 8 Feb 1919 being no longer physically fit for service and received a life pension. No medal award records have been found. He married Florence Parsons in Dorchester, Dorset, in 1922. There are no known children of the marriage. By the 1939 Register he was living at 342 High Street, Yeovil, Somerset, working as a road rolling machine driver. He died on 6 Oct 1993 in Sutton, Surrey, at the age of 94 years.