Remembered with honour Cambrai Memorial: Panel 10 and 11.
He enlisted in Watford, and was formerly 25499 Bedfordshire Regiment. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, awarded the Military Medal, and was presumed killed in action. Unfortunately, Fred’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an In Memoriam to Fred in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 30 November 1918.
Son of Henry James and Elizabeth (nee ADDISON) GOODING.
His parents married 31 March 1878 at St Thomas’, Bethnal Green, London. Henry died 14 December 1943 in Watford aged 85, and was buried 18 December in North Watford Cemetery; Elizabeth died 24 June 1946 in Watford, and was buried 28 June, also in North Watford Cemetery.
Fred was born 1 December 1893 in Bromley-by-Bow, London, and baptised 21 December 1893 at St Mary’s, Bromley St Leonard, London. He attended first Callow Land Infants’ School, Watford; then Callowland Board School from 8 January 1900 to 11 October 1901, when he transferred to Alexandra School, Watford. He resided in Watford.
On the 1901 Census, aged 8 he lived in Watford, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1911 Census, a clerk aged 18 he lived in Leyton, Essex.
Date of deathon or since 30/11/1917
Age at death23
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)