Born: 3rd September 1893, Ipswich.

Died: 27th April 1916; age 22; Killed by mine explosion off Malta.

Enlistment Details: Location: Portsmouth; Occupation: Indoor Servant. Height: 5ft 6 3/4ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & dark brown hair.



Victory I – Officer’s Steward III – 1st July 1914 – 26th August 1915.

Hibernia – Officer’s Steward II – 27th August 1915 – 22nd January 1916.

Russell – Officer’s Steward II – 23rd January 1916 – 27th April 1916.

Character – Very Good.


Rank: Officer’s Steward 2nd Class; Service Number: L/5479; Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Russell’.


Memorial Reference:


Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & M.A.E. Goodchild, of Ipswich, and sister Polly Rattle, of 8, Brunswick Road, Ipswich.




1901   Brunswick Road, Ipswich.


Herbert was 7 years old, he was living with his sister, brother-in-law and nieces.

James Rattle, 34, a Boot & Shoe Finisher, born Charsfield, Suffolk.

Mary Ann E. Rattle (nee Goodchild), 27, born Ipswich.

Ivy Mary Rattle, 5, born Ipswich.

Emma Lilian Rose Rattle, 3, born Ipswich.


Herbert’s father was Charles Goodchild, born 1835, Lawford, Essex – died 1893, Ipswich. A Mariner of the Merchant Service. His mother was Mary Ann Elizabeth Goodchild (nee Bird), born 1852, Kelsale, Suffolk – died 1893, Ipswich.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

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Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Russell’:





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