images from 1917 Chronicle newspaper.


Born: 1895, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Died: 13th May 1916; age 21; KiA by a shell.

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, applies 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.


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


 Royal Garrison Artillery, 2nd Siege Battery:


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