Lance Corporal Charles Goodman

© 2015 Royston Williamson

Thank you to Janet Mata for the following research.

Charles Goodman was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent in 1885. In 1911 he was working as a groom in Connaught Mews, Paddington.

He married Emily Sturgess in St. Paul’s Church in Dorking in November 1915, he was 30 and she was 23. Prior to the marriage, Emily had worked as a pantry maid at Lakers Hotel in Redhill, though no occupation is given on the marriage certificate. Charles’s occupation is noted as hotel porter on the certificate, with his father’s occupation listed as coachman. The newlywed couple were living at 25 Falkland Road, Dorking. They had one child.

Charles Goodman Death Notice 30th December 1916 © Dorking Advertiser

During the First World War, Charles was a Lance Corporal with the Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was killed on 19th June 1916, just a month after his wedding. The regimental war diary entry for that day reads as follows: “Sniping increased a good deal, and enemy’s artillery appear more active. Casualties: 3 killed 1 wounded.”

Charles Goodman Death Notice 8th July 1916 © Dorking Advertiser

Charles Goodman is buried at Gunners Farm Military Cemetery, Hainault, Belgium, a short distance from the town of Ypres.

His headstone reads “In loving memory of my dear husband who died for his king and country.”

Born                            Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Lived                           Dorking

Husband of                 Emily Goodman of 25 Falkland Road, Dorking

Regiment                     11th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       G/6822

Date of Death              19th June 1916
Place of Death             Near Ypres, Belgium
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              31

Cemetery                     Gunner’s Farm Military Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium