images from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.

Born: 16th August 1889, Peckham, London.

Died: 24th May 1917; age: 27; KiA.

Residence: 156, Coningham Road, Shepherds Bush, London.

Enlistment Details: Location: West London; Date: 24th June 1916; Age: 27 years & 10 months; Occupation: Commercial Clerk. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Height: 5ft 6ins.

Embarked – Southampton – 2nd November 1916.

Disembarked – Havre – 3rd November 1916.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: S/27028.

Regiment: Rifle Brigade, 8th Battalion.



Medals Awarded: Victory, British War.


Grave Reference:


L’Homme Mort British Cemetery,

Ecoust St. Mein,





1901   11, Hollydale Road, Peckham, London.

Sydney was 11 years old and living with his parents, sisters & widowed maternal grandmother.

Thomas Henry Gooding, 36, a Commercial Traveller – Boots, born Debenham, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Florence Robbins Gooding (nee Mennie), 40, born Brixton, London.

Maud Amelia Hylton, 16, a Draper’s Assistant, born Peckham.

Kate Ida Gooding, 9, born Peckham.

Jessie Florence Gooding, 2, Peckham.

Emily Mennie, 63, a retired Mantle Worker – Tailoress, born Brixton.


1911   8, Gippeswyk Avenue, Ipswich.

Sydney was 20 years old, a Clerk – Agricultural Manure Works. He was living with his parents & sisters.

Thomas, 46, a Commercial Traveller – Boot Trade.

Florence, 50.

Maud, 26, assisting at home.

Kate, 19, assisting at home.

Jessie, 12.


Sydney, aged 3 years, entered the Colls Road School for Infants, Southwark, on the 5th September 1892. Name of parent – father Thomas Henry Gooding, of 11, Hollydale Road. On the 23rd April 1900, Sydney entered the Colls Road School for Boys – he left on the 1st May 1903.


On the 8th June 1913, at St. Luke’s Church, Uxbridge Road, Hammersmith, London, 24 year old Sydney, of 162, Coningham Road, Shepherds Bush, a Clerk, married Florence Mary Boyles, born 1891, Hammersmith, London. They had 1 daughter:

Gladys Muriel Gooding, born February 1916, Hammersmith, London.


On the 28th April 1921, Florence received Sydney’s British War medal. On the 12th September 1921, Florence received Sydney’s Victory medal.


Soldiers’ Effects to Florence M. Gooding – widow.


Sydney is remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary Stoke Church, Ipswich, and on the Packard Memorial, at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford, Suffolk.

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