Born: 1887, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 2nd May 1919; age: 32; Died of Tuberculosis at Devonport Military Hospital. Served 14 years & 119 days.

Residence: 154, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Plumber.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 4th January 1905; Age: 18 years & 3 months; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin: father – William Godbold & brother – Stanley Oliver Godbold. Height: 5ft & 8 ins, fresh complexion, brown eyes & black hair.


Appointed Lance Bombardier – 2nd August 1917.

Promoted Bombardier – 13th October 1917.



Brighton – 7th November 1907 – Acting Bombardier – Neglect of duty whilst stable orderly. Reverted to Gunner.

Agra – 28th September 1912 – Gunner – Conduct is the prejudice of good order and military discipline – throwing beer at a native. 5 days C.B.

Agra – 28th September 1912 – Gunner – Committing a nuisance in the Bungalow. Pay for damage Rs. 1/11/-.

Agra – 12th August 1914 – Gunner – I. Direct Disobedience of orders. II. Out of bounds. III. Being in the Railway Station Refreshment Room. 48 hours detention.


Sprained right ankle – fairly severe – 20th October 1909 – whilst on duty.


Admitted to hospital in a dying state 29th April 1919 – 2nd May 1919 – 4 days.


Character: Sober, hardworking, intelligent, a useful man.


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 34779.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, 77th Battery.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Godbold, of 154, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.




1891   Lancaster Cottage, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 4 years old and living with his parents & brother.

William Gooch Godbold, 30, a Carpenter, born Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk.

Bessie Godbold (nee Mays), 29, born Kirton, Suffolk.

Stanley Oliver Godbold, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   Ernest Cottage, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.


Ernest was 14 years old, a Brass Borer. He was living with his father, siblings, step mother and widowed, step grandmother.

William, 39, a Carpenter.

Mary Ellen Godbold (nee Last), 27, born Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.

Stanley, 11.

Edith Bessie Godbold, 9, born Ipswich.

Ann Maria Last, 54, born Culford, Suffolk.


1911   India.


Ernest was 24 years old, a Soldier ranked Gunner for the 77th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery.


Ernest’s mother, Bessie Godbold died 1897, Ipswich. His brother, Stanley Oliver Godbold, died 1912, Ipswich.


On the 14th August 1921, Ernest’s father, William Godbold, of 154, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich acknowledged receipt of the articles belonging to his son: Small Note Book, Belt, Badge, Strap, Coins, Writing Pad and various papers.


Soldiers’ Effects to William Godbold – father.

Royal Field Artillery, 77th Battery.

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