Godman, F J
FREDERICK JOHN GODMAN
Remembered with honour Kortruk (St Jan) Communal Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium: Row B, Grave 23.
He was formerly Private 18697 Bedfordshire Regiment and 35075 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was accidentally killed, and was entitled to the Victory and British War medals which were sent to his widow of Portsmouth, Hants. Unfortunately, Frederick’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing; nor does he appear to have an entry in Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919.
Son of Eliza (nee HOOD) and the late Philip Matthew GODMAN; husband of Daisy (nee BAKER) GODMAN.
His parents married 3 October 1869 at St Mary’s, Watford. Philip died 1906 in Watford aged 62, and was buried 7 August in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Eliza died 1931 in Watford aged 82, and was buried 7 April, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Frederick was born 9 December 1888 in Watford, and baptised 4 January 1889 at St Mary’s, Watford. He attended first Beechen Grove Infants’ School, Watford; then Beechen Grove Board School from 23 January to 15 February 1895. He married 12 February 1912 at St Matthew’s, Oxhey, Herts; they had two children. Daisy remarried 1919 in the Portsmouth district to Arthur C FLEET, and died 1968 in the Portsmouth district aged 74.
On the 1891 Census, aged 2 he lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1901 Census, aged 11 he still lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1911 Census, a packing case maker aged 22, he still lived in Watford, with his widowed mother and one sibling.
Unit48th Ammunition Section
Date of death01/04/1919
Age at death30
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)