Other names: John Henry
Locations in this story: Frimley, SurreyHunsdon, Nr. Ware, HertfordshireBedchester, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersStourpaine, DorsetRomsey, Hampshire
Story: John Henry Goddard was born at Frimley, Surrey, on 30 Jul 1892 and baptised there on 9 Oct 1892 the son of Henry Goddard and Emma Charlotte Goddard (nee Davis). By 1901 he was living at Hunsdon, Nr. Ware, Hertfordshire, until 1911 by when he and the family had moved to 74 Penn Hill, Bedchester, Shaftesbury, Dorset. John enlisted and joined Royal Sussex Regiment as a Private (Service No. G/2238). He served in France and Flanders with the 8th Battalion and whilst there was awarded the Military Medal. He was eventually discharged on 2 Mar 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. He married Laura Mary Bennett at Stourpaine, Dorset, on 26 Jul 1931 and they went on to have three children. 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.