image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.
Born: 1896, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 18th August 1916; age 21; KiA.
Residence: 196, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.
Employed: Messrs. E.R. and F. Turner’s, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200185
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly 1579, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War + Territorial Force War Medal.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
1901 60, New Cut West, Ipswich.
John was 4 years old and living with his parents & sister.
John Richard Gooding, 33, a Metal Turner, born Ipswich.
Kate Gooding (nee West), 32, born Ipswich.
Beatrice Maud Gooding, 8, born Ipswich.
1911 196, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.
John was 14 years old, a Time Keepers Clerk – General Engineers. He was living with his parents, brothers & widowed, maternal grandmother.
John, 43, an Engineers Turner – General Engineers.
Stanley Arthur Gooding, 7, born Ipswich.
Herbert Edward Gooding, 2, born Ipswich.
Emily West, 81, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to John R. Gooding – father.
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley.
The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion: