An Ipswich man not remembered on Christchurch Park Memorial.
Born: 17th October 1882, Oulton Broad, Suffolk.
Died: 31st July 1917; age: 34; KiA.
Residence: 27, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
Employed: at Westbourne Mills – organ building works.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 31st December 1914 – France.
Rank: Company Sergeant Major; Service Number: 15140.
Regiment: Royal Engineers, 1st West Lancaster 419 Field Corps.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star + D.C.M. – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on several occasions, notably on a night when he assisted wounded men into cover at great personal risk. Also in the same place, when after being buried in his dug-out, he assisted others who had also been buried, and carried wounded men into safety under heavy shell fire.
1891 Horn Hill, Kirkley, Suffolk.
Arthur was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
John Godfrey, 42, a Block & Spar Maker, born Albion Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Harriet Ann Godfrey (nee Blowers), 45, born Southwold, Suffolk.
Albert Leslie Godfrey, 15, an Engine Cleaner, born Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Ethel Rosetta Godfrey, 15, a Pupil Teacher, born Lowestoft.
Reginald Godfrey, 11, born Oulton Broad.
Robert Charles Godfrey, 10, born Oulton Broad.
1901 Southwold House, Bridge Road, Oulton Broad, Suffolk.
Arthur was 18 years old, an Apprentice Carpenter & Joiner. He was living with his parents & sister.
John, 52, a Block & Spar Maker.
Ethel, 25, a Dressmaker – at home.
1911 Royal Engineer Barracks, Brompton & St. Mary’s, Brompton, Chatham, Kent.
Arthur was 28 years old, a Soldier ranked 2nd Corporal for the Royal Engineers. Trade – Carpenter.
In 1914, Ipswich, Arthur married Jessie Mannall, born 1882, Ipswich. They had 2 sons:
Douglas Arthur Godfrey, born January 1915, Ipswich.
Raymond John Ford Godfrey, born July 1916, Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Jessie Godfrey – widow.
Arthur is remembered on the war memorial at Lowestoft, Suffolk, and at St. Margaret’s Church, Lowestoft.
Photographs courtesy of Jenny.