CFHS code : HT318

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : In Ever Loving Memory of my beloved husband WILLIAM HENRY GODDARD d Dec 18th 1930 aged 41

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey



William Henry Goddard (10 April 1888 – 18 December 1930)

William was the son of James and Alice (née Saunders) and grew up at 124  Catharine Street. His father was a carpenter/stainer and aged 13 William was working as an errand boy, although he later worked as a labourer. In October 1905 he joined the Army, and it is known from his enlistment papers that he was 5ft 8 inches tall, with brown eyes and dark brown hair.  He weighed 123 lbs when he enlisted, and six months later weighed 141lbs, so the army diet seems to have suited him! He joined as a gunner in the Royal Artillery and was sent to train at Great Yarmouth.  He served in Egypt from September 1906 to March 1911, and in Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon) from October 1911 to December 1913. He left the army aged 27 years old and then joined the Army Reserve.  He served in the 1st World War as a sergeant, although it is not known if he saw active service.  He was pensioned from the army in November 1919, on a diability pension of 14s per week.

After the army he worked as a labourer and married Ellen (Nellie) Clements (1902-1987) on 12 June 1920 at St John’s Church, Stamford Hill in London.  The couple had two daughters: Margaret Dorothy (1920-) and Joan Mary (1922-2003). Margaret was born in London, but they had moved to live at 124 Catharine Street by 1922 where they lived with William’s widowed mother Alice. He died at the T.B. Hospital in Papworth Everard in December 1930.

[NB the date of birth given on his army papers was 10th April 1887, his birth was registered in the 2nd Quarter of 1888, and his age on the grave monument was given as 41 years.  All of which are slightly different and mean he died either aged 41, 42 or 43 years old. The date of birth of 10th April 1888 is believed to be his correct date of birth].

His widow Nellie married widower Archibald Handford Russ (1890-1950) in the second quarter of 1931. Archibald’s first wife Edith had died  in February 1931 and he and Nellie moved away from Cambridge with his role as a Post Office clerk.



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William Henry Goddard