image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1896, Stoke, Ipswich.

Died on or since death presumed: 18th August 1916; age 21; KiA.

Residence: 196, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. E.R. and F. Turner’s, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 200185

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 1579, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War + Territorial Force War Medal.



Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,





1901   60, New Cut West, Ipswich.


John was 4 years old and living with his parents & sister.

John Richard Gooding, 33, a Metal Turner, born Ipswich.

Kate Gooding (nee West), 32, born Ipswich.

Beatrice Maud Gooding, 8, born Ipswich.


1911   196, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


John was 14 years old, a Time Keepers Clerk – General Engineers. He was living with his parents, brothers & widowed, maternal grandmother.

John, 43, an Engineer’s Turner – General Engineers.

Stanley Arthur Gooding, 7, born Ipswich.

Herbert Edward Gooding, 2, born Ipswich.

Emily West, 81, born Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to John R. Gooding – father.

John is also remembered on St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial.

Suffolk Regiment records show:

4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, Captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley.

The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)

 Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment










  • Hi there my name is Graham Howard. John W. Gooding was my grandads (Stanley Arthur Gooding) older brother mentioned in census age 7. On discovering this Memorial I was able to show my mum now 84 some missing family history apart from the obvious regarding my grandads brother my mum also now know who her grandfather was John Richard Gooding who had never been spoken of before. My mum inherited John W. Gooding’s War Medals on her fathers death. I would just like to say thankyou for making this information possible.

    Best regards

    Graham C. Howard

    • Hello Graham Howard. My name is John Richard Francis. John W Gooding was my grandmother’s younger brother; she was Beatrice Maud Gooding. I think that makes us second cousins. Beatrice and my grandfather William Ewart Francis emigrated to Toronto around 1910. My father was born a few months after John W was killed and named William John in his memory. I believe I am also named after him.

  • Hi Graham I have just seen your post. I have done quite a lot of travelling around the world and very rarely find a Gooding on war memorials. My own father served on minesweepers during WW2 and finished the war in Calcutta. I believe his father came from Tiverton in Devon and ended up in Swansea, where my pa was born and brought up.

  • My name is John Richard Francis; John W Gooding was my great uncle, the younger brother of my grandmother, Beatrice Maud Gooding. I believe I was named after him.


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