images from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

Born: 1895, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Died: 13th May 1916; age 21; KiA by a shell explosion. Served 20 months in France.

Residence: 29, Blanche Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. Pretty and Sons, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 17th September 1914.


Rank: Acting Bombardier; Service Number: 39294

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Siege Battery.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference:

III. F. 4.

Vermelles British Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified and Address: Son of Harry James and Margaret Eliza Gooding, of 29, Blanche Street, Ipswich.




1901   39, Blanche Street, Ipswich.

Harry was 6 years old and living with his parents.

Harry James Gooding, 27, a Shoe Rivetter; born Ipswich.

Margaret Eliza Gooding (nee Smith), 25, born Boyton, Suffolk.


1911   29, Blanche Street, Ipswich

Harry was 16 years old an Engineer at an iron works. He was living with his parents & brothers.

Harry, 37, a Shoe Riveter.

Margaret, 35.

Cecil Norman Gooding, 11, born Ipswich.

Leslie Alan Gooding, under 1 month, born Ipswich.


On the 26th November 1919, Mr H.G. Gooding, of 29, Blanche Street, Ipswich, applied for his late son’s Clasp.



The above is part of the British military cemetery, Vermelles. Insert is photo and grave of the late Bombardier Harry S. Gooding, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Gooding, 29, Blanche Street, and his three chums, R.G.A., who was killed by a shell on May 13th 1916, aged 21 years, after serving twenty months in France. His death was keenly felt by his comrades as he was a great favourite with one and all. Previous to joining the Army he was employed at Messrs. Pretty and Sons, Tower Ramparts, Ipswich.

Cross 1. III.F.5. – Gunner, 38894, Thomas Alfred Childs, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Siege Battery, aged 22. Born St. Barnabas, Cambridge, eldest son of Thomas William Childs (a brewer’s drayman0, & Susannah Childs (nee Potter), of 13, Auckland Road, Cambridge.

Cross 3. III.F.3. – Gunner, 54676, Robert Bayes Muskett, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Siege Battery, aged 34. Born Gorleston-on-Sea, Suffolk, a pork butcher’s assistant, son of the late Robert Muskett (a pork butcher – own account) & Ann Susannah Muskett (nee Bulley), brother to Lydia Jane Muskett & Mary Annie Muskett, of 161, High Street, Gorleston-on-Sea.

Cross 4. III.F.2. – Gunner, 53547, George Henry Kirkham Jackson, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Siege Battery, aged 21. Born Birmingham, Warwickshire, a gold worker, son of the late Edwin James Jackson (an Assurance Agent), & Ellen Louisa Jackson (nee Bevan), of 45, Hampton Court Road, Harbone, Birmingham.

Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich.


 Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Siege Battery:

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