[Skip to content]



  • 42951 Private Harry Godley enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) on 9 December 1915 and served in the 1st battalion. Harry was re-interred at Tyne Cot after the Armistice, grave XVIII G 22.  Cemetery visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
Person Details
Kirkby in Ashfield Nottinghamshire
He was the son of Samuel and Rebecca Godley and the brother of Joyce, Fred, Doris May, Samuel and Sarah Ellen Godley. In 1911 they lived at 28 Main Road Annesley Woodhouse Nottinghamshire.
In 1911 he was a butcher's apprentice.
31 Jul 1917
20
462899 - CWGC Website
42951
Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
42951 Private Harry Godley enlisted on 9 December 1915 and after training at the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) depot was sent to the 1st battalion in 1916. On the 31 July 1917 the 3rd Battles of Ypres began with the Battle of Pilckem. The 1st battalion attacked through Hooge which was lightly defended and easily taken. Within an hour Chateau Wood was also cleared and the battalion occupied the enemy support trenches on the slopes of Bellewaarde Ridge. They next took on a strong point near Westhoek which resulted in 42 of the enemy being taken prisoner. Finally the battalion stood on top of the Westhoek Ridge which gave commanding views of the enemy. Westhoek village was also taken before a halt was made. In the afternoon the battalion was heavily shelled and subject to counter attack but they held on and repulsed the enemy. Harry was one of some 80 men killed on the day and after the Armistice his remains were found and he was re-interred in Tyne Cot Cemetery.
Godley Harry, born Kirkby in Ashfield Nottinghamshire, enlisted Kirkby in Ashfield, abode Woodhouse Nottinghamshire, 42951, Private, killed in action, France and Flanders, 31/7/17
Remembered on

Photos

  • 42951 Private Harry Godley enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) on 9 December 1915 and served in the 1st battalion. Harry was re-interred at Tyne Cot after the Armistice, grave XVIII G 22.  Cemetery visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    Harry Godley cemetery - 42951 Private Harry Godley enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) on 9 December 1915 and served in the 1st battalion. Harry was re-interred at Tyne Cot after the Armistice, grave XVIII G 22. Cemetery visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Tyne Cot cemetery, Belgium,
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Harry Godley - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Tyne Cot cemetery, Belgium, Courtesy of Murray Biddle