Godden, William



William Godden

Rank: Private

Regiment: 11th Battalion (Southdowns), Royal Sussex Regiment

Parents: Mr & Mrs Godden

Brothers: Thomas Godden & Stanley Godden

Home Address: Ewhurst

Grandmother: Mrs W Smith

Grandmother’s Address: Highlyd’s Farm, Bodiam

Other Info: Formerly a Boy Scout in the 1st Ewhurst Troop. According to CWGC, William died on 1st October 1916. He is remembered at Caudry Old Communal Cemetery, grave reference C.13. This webpage linked below states: Born at Dyke’s Farm at Udiam in 1896 William lived at Prawles Cottages in Ewhurst where his father was foreman at Prawles Farm. Joined 1st Ewhurst (Wolf Patrol) Boy Scouts’ on June 21st 1913 aged 17 run by Lord Baden-Powell. Taken prisoner of war on September 3rd 1916 at the Battle of the Ancre on the Somme. Died in captivity 1st October 1916 and buried by the Germans in a mass grave at Caudry Old Communal Cemetery in France along with 139 others.

Read more at: http://www.bexhillobserver.net/news/the-fallen-of-the-great-war-1914-1918-1-6133294

Published: September 1915

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