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Montsorrell, Leicestershire.
Thomas Goodyer was the son of William Goodyer [Gudger] and Ann Copson who married in the Blaby area of Leicestershire in 1869. Their children included Mary Ann [Goodyer] (b.1872), Martha Ann [Gudger] (b.1874), Elizabeth [Goodyear] (b.1876), Eliza [Goodyear] (b.1877) and Thomas [Goodger] (b.1880). There was clearly a problem with the spelling of their surname. In the 1881 census the family were living on Main Street, Mountsorrel in Leicestershire. William Goodyear worked as a labourer. By the time the family next resurface in the 1901 census Ann was a widow and the only child still living with her was Thomas. They were residing at 23 Hessor Grove, Hyson Green. What fate befell her husband, William, is unclear. In 1911 Ann Goodyear was living alone at 2 Haughton Place, Holland Street, Hyson Green. Her source of income came from her work as hosiery seamer. She eventually died at Nottingham, aged 80, in 1933. In 1903 Thomas Goodyer married Eliza Pygott at Nottingham. Their children included: Thomas (b.1903), Nellie (b.1905), Lily (b.1907/d.1907), Frank (b.1908) and Annie (b.1912). In 1911 the Goodyers were living at 3 Harrison’s Yard, Chapel Street, Bobbersmill. When Thomas Goodyer was discharged from the Army his address was stated to be 4 Chapel Street, Bobbersmill [Army Pension records/1915]. Eliza Goodyer never remarried and died at Nottingham, aged 56, in 1933 [The same year as her mother-in-law].
Thomas Goodyer worked as a railway labourer (C. 1901) Platelayer (C. 1911/ Army Records)
15 Aug 1917
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Gunner
34th Divisional Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery
Gnr. Goodyer enlisted at Nottingham on 8th March 1915; had suffer ill-health (vesicular emphysema) from about 1908 onwards and was now troubled with constant coughing and bronchitic attacks; was in Bagthorpe Hospital for three weeks starting on 9 July 1915; had only been able to undertake light duties throughout his time with the Army; discharged on 10 December 1915 at Boyton Camp Wiltshire as no longer physically fit for duty; eventually died at the General Hospital, Nottingham on 15 August 1917; buried at the General Cemetery, Nottingham.
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