Herbert is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.



Born: 7th December 1883, Ipswich.

Died: 26th November 1943; age: 59.

Residence: 19, Malvern Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey.


First World War: Army Service Corps, Supply & Transport.

1915 – Sergeant-Major – Staff.

1916 – Quarter-Master.

Served in the R.N.A.S. – 1916.

Date of Entry Therein: 21st August 1917 (a remark was written – short visit to France).

Medals Awarded: British War – issued 18th April 1922 – received 11th May 1922, at the War Office, Room 248.


Private Secretary to the Quarter-Master General to the Forces for twenty years.


Rank: Lieutenant Colonel & Quarter-Master; Service Number: 14086.

Regiment: General Staff.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 3.

Croydon Crematorium,

Mitcham Road,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Florence Ellen Gooch, of Thornton Heath.




1891   Street, East Bergholt, Suffolk.


Herbert was 7 years old and living with his brother at the home of their widowed maternal grandmother & aunts.

Hannah Hicks, 63, Living on own Means, born East Bergholt, Suffolk.

Alice Hicks, 24, a Teacher – National Schools, born East Bergholt.

Nellie Hicks, 23, born East Bergholt.

Arthur Alexander Gooch, 8, born Ipswich.


1901   Stanhope & Wellington Lines, Aldershot, Hampshire.


Herbert was 17 years old, a Soldier – Clerk, for the Army Service Corps.


1911   38, Isis Street, Earlsfield, South West London.


Herbert was 27 years old, a Soldier ranked Sergeant, for the Royal Service Corps. He was married and Head of the Household.

Florence, 28.

Marjorie, 2.


Herbert’s father was Herbert John Gooch, born 1852, Cowlinge, Suffolk – died November 1885, at the “Emperor” Public House, Norwich Road, Ipswich. His mother was Ann Elizabeth Gooch (nee Hicks), born 1857, East Bergholt, Suffolk – died 1932, Croydon, Surrey.

In 1884, Herbert (who was a Bargeman), became the Landlord of the public house the “Emporer” owned by James Farrow. Annie became the Landlady after Herbert’s death.


In April 1908, at St. Mark’s Church, Battersea Rise, Wandsworth, after Banns, Herbert married Florence Ellen Brown, born 1882, Westminster, London. They had 1 daughter:

Marjorie Elaine Gooch, born 1908, 38, Isis Street, Earlsfield – baptised at St. Andrew’s Church, Earlsfield, on the 20th September 1908. Herbert was a Soldier – A.S.C.


The King George V New Year’s Honours List, 1918.

Herbert was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Herbert was the Confidential Clerk to the Quarter-Master General, War Office.


Probate to Florence Ellen Gooch – widow and Marjorie Elaine Gooch – spinster.

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