William Henry James Godfrey

Royal Field Artillery
Date of death 
6 November 1917
Age of death 
1 Waverley Villas
Walpole Road
South Woodford
E18 2LW
Address source 
1911 Census
Cemetery / Memorial 

Born on 10th December 1879 at Clapton, the son of William James (G.E.R. Carman, Dock Labourer - later a Gardener) and Harriet Godfrey. 1881: With his parents at 2 Lea Place, River Side, Stamford Hill. On 31st March 1907 he was a Postman living at 73 Bailey Lane, South Tottenham, and married Emma Amelia Buck at St Matthews Church Upper Clapton. 1911: He was still a Postman with his wife and 11 month old son William, living at 1 Waverley Villas, Walpole Road, South Woodford. In 1912 their daughter Doris would be born. During the summer of 1916 his wife Emma died at the age of 34.

He enlisted in 189 (Hackney) Brigade Royal Field Artillery and served in France, dying from wounds at 56 General Hospital at Etaples. His Will gave the address of Daisy Cottage Grove Hill South Woodford, which was the home of his widowed mother Harriet to whom Probate was granted. This later became 104 Grove Hill.

Two months after his death on 30th January 1918, The Edinburgh Gazette announced that he had been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty while under enemy fire.

Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian