Albert Edward Goodman


Albert Edward Goodman


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Northamptonshire Regiment
6th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


V. B. 22

UK Memorials

Not on the Bourne End memorials

Pre War

Private Albert Goodman 43099, Northamptonshire Regiment, is likely to have been the Albert whose parents, George and Sarah Goodman, lived at 122 New Road in 1911 and later moved to Bourne End Lane, Boxmoor, Herts. However, unlike his brother Joseph, there is no mention of the family connection on his Commonwealth War Graves record and no mention on the Bourne End memorial. That seems odd.

Albert was born on 23 November 1884 to George and Sarah Goodman (nee Jeffs). He was christened Albert Edward in Oxhey, Herts on 11 January 1885. This is consistent with the record in Soldiers Died in the Great War.

George and Sarah moved to Croxley Green with their family in 1890. In 1891, when Albert was 6, they were staying with Sarah’s sister’s family, the Thackhams, at 14 Mill Square. In 1901 they lived at Maud Villas in New Road. George was a ploughman and Albert, 16, was a watercress carter. In 1911 Albert, 25, still lived with his parents at 122 New Road and worked as a carter on a farm. Albert was single. After his death the army paid his father George £8 16s 10d including a £3 war gratuity. Albert’s younger brother Joseph was also killed.

Recorded as enlisting in Watford.

Wartime Service

Private Albert Goodman enlisted at Watford as 26968 in the Bedfordshire Regiment. He transferred to 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment which formed part of 54th Brigade and 18th (Eastern) Division.

At the time of Albert’s death the Division was still involved in fighting on the River Ancre in the Somme battlefields. The 6th Northamptonshires, alongside the 12th Middlesex Regiment, joined an attack at Miraumont on 17 and 18 February. On the evening of 16th February the battalion moved up to take part in the attack on S. Miraumont trench and the high ground south of it. At zero hour (5.45 am) on 17th the weather was foggy and full of thaw. Unfortunately, the enemy succeeded in barraging the assembling troops between 4.30 and 5.30 am and caused considerable casualties. Nevertheless, the objective was gained after stiff fighting.

Private Albert Goodman was one of those killed. He is buried at Ridge Trench cemetery, Grandcourt.


Croxley Green History Project, Brian Thomson, Mike Collins