Born: 1888, Hedenham, Norfolk.

Died: 3rd December 1918; age: 30; Died of Pneumonia.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th August 1914.

Rank; Gunner; Service Number: 43516

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Brigade, Ammunition Column.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

Grave Reference:


Nivelles (Nijvel) Communal Cemetery,

Brabant Wallon,



1891   Seething Road, Hedenham, Norfolk.

William was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

John Goodrum, 28, an Agricultural Labourer, born Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.

Harriet Elizabeth Goodrum (nee Ellis), 23, born Hedenham.

John Benjamin Goodrum, 6, born Hedenham.

Harriet Goodrum, 4, born Hedenham.

Alice E Goodrum, 1, born Hedenham.

1901   61, Fergus Street, Greenwich.

William was 15 years old, a Green grocer’s Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

John, 38, a Bricklayer’s Labourer.

Harriet, 36.

George Lewis Goodrum, 10, born Hedenham.

Florence Ellen Goodrum, 8, born Hedenham.

Frederick Thomas Goodrum, 4, born Hedenham.

Mary Ann Goodrum, 1, born Eltham, Kent.

1911   India

William was 23 years old, a Soldier ranked Gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery, ‘X’ Battery.

In 1914, Ipswich, William married Catherine Mary Burns, born June 1892, Ipswich, daughter of William (a brewery cooper’s labourer) & Jane Anna Burns (nee Flack), of Suffolk Road, Ipswich.

They had 1 daughter:

Catherine Lillie N. Goodrum, born November 1914, Ipswich.

Soldiers’ Effects to Catherine M. Goodrum – widow.

William’s brother, Henry Charles Goodrum, died in the Second World War on the 26th May 1940, aged 31. He was a Sergeant, service number 776256, of the Royal Artillery, 140 Field Coy. He is remembered on Column 8 of the Dunkirk Memorial.

Royal Horse Artillery, 7th Brigade, Ammunition Column:


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