Walter Jesse Goodge


Walter Jesse Goodge
3rd May 1896.


First World War

Date of Death / Age

21 years.

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lance Corporal
Suffolk Regiment
9th Bn.
"C" Coy.


British War and Victory medals


I. T. 42.



UK Memorials

Breachwood Green Baptist Chapel Memorial, Breachwood Green St Mary's Church Memorial, King's Walden Not on the Great Offley memorials

Pre War

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.

Wartime Service

Jesse enlisted in Hitchin, Herts.

The SDITGW record indicates he was formerly with the Bedfordshire Regiment with the service No 27724, his Medal Card only gives him as serving with The Suffolk Regiment, with the service No 50300.

At the time off his death Jesse was serving with “C” Company, of the 9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

He was Killed in Action on Sunday 22nd July 1917, aged 21 years.

He is buried in the CWGC Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France.

Additional Information

Part of 71st Brigade, 6th Division. His effects of £3-13s-6d, pay owing and £5, War Gratuity went to his mother Harriet Goodge.


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