Goodwin, John William

Goodwin, John William

 

 

 

Military History:

 

Regiment:
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Battalion

Rank:
Private

Service Number:
269127

Date of Enlisting:
18.8.1916

Date of death:
31.7.1917

 

Cemetery/ Memorial:
Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
Ashwell Village War Memorial

 

John enlisted at Hitchin on 18th August 1916 and was with the Hertfordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion when they distinguished themselves at St Julien, Ypres on 31 July 1917 (his 39th birthday).  Nothing has been heard of him since that date and it is assumed he was killed during that battle.

John was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

He is commemorated at the Bedford House Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium and on the Ashwell War Memorial.

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:
31 July 1878

Birth Place:
Arlesey, Bedfordshire

Residence:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:
1st quarter 1093

 

John (also known as William) was born in Arlesey, Bedfordshire to John and Martha Ann (nee Day) Goodwin in 1880.

He married Sarah Taylor in the first quarter of 1903 and they had three sons, Frederick, Francis and Stanley, who are shown on the 1911 census to be living in Cleve House, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.

Before enlisting John was a well-known and respected Prudential Assurance Agent in Ashwell & District.  He was also a keen athlete.

 

Commentary:

 

 

Name:John William Goodwin
Birth Place:Arlesey, Bedfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:31.7.1917
Enlistment Place:Hitchin, Hertfordshire
Rank:Private
Regiment:Hertfordshire Regiment
Battalion:1st Battalion
Regimental Number:    269127
Type of Casualty:Killed in Action
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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