Other names: Laurel
Locations in this story: Sixpenny Handley, DorsetBalkansWimborne, DorsetWallisdown, Poole, Dorset
Story: Laurel Goddard was born in Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, on 30 Oct 1894 and baptised there on 8 Apr 1895 the son of Frederick Goddard, a Bootmaker, and Fanny Goddard (nee Castle). He lived all his early life in Sixpenny Handley. He had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 10505), He served with the 5th Battalion in the Balkans from 11 Jul 1915 and was in time promoted to Corporal. He was eventually discharged on 13 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Beatrice Mary Squibb in Wimborne, Dorset, on 16 Nov 1921. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 10 The Parade, Poole, Dorset, working as a Retail Confectioner and Tobacconist. His death was recorded in Poole, Dorset, on 29 Nov 1979. His brothers, Littleton Percival Goddard and Ewart Moss Goddard, also served during the conflict.