Walter Jesse Goodge was born in Darley Hall, Herts on 3rd
May 1896, the son of Albert Goodge (B 1871 in Offley, Herts) and Harriet (nee
Fletcher) Goodge (B 1870 in King's Walden, Herts).
He was Baptised Walter Jesse Goodge in St Mary’s Church,
King's Walden, Herts, on 14th June 1896.
1901 Census records Jesse aged 4, living with his parents,
and sister Florence 2, in Darley Hall, Kings Walden, Herts.
He attended Breachwood Green National school from April 1900
to April 1910.
By 1911 now aged 14, Jesse
had left school and was working as a Farm Labourer, living with his parents, Sister
Florrie 12, brothers Cecil 9 and Arthur 6, his mother’s elder brother Fred
Fletcher was also boarding with then in Darley Hall, Herts.