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Spalding Lincolnshire
Walter was born about 1885/86, the son of John and Rebecca Goodwin. In 1891 the family was living in Spalding where John was employed as a bricklayer. Walter (6) had three siblings; an older brother, Norman (8), and two sisters, Nellie (5) and Jessie (2). By 1901 John and Rebecca had moved with their family to Peterborough where they lived at 1 White's Cottage. They now had five more children, Jane (9), Sidney (7), Seth (5), Arthur (4) and Victor (1). Walter married May Carter in Peterborough in 1906 (Apr/May/Jun), a few months after the birth of their eldest son who was named Walter Goodwin Carter (birth registered Jan/Feb/Mar 1906, Peterborough). In the 1911 census they gave their son's surname as 'Goodwin'. In 1911 Walter and May were living at 11 West Terrace, Sherwood Street, Nottingham, with their three children, Walter (5), Albert Martin (3, b. 1907, Peterborough) and Annie E. Goodwin (2m, b. 1911, Nottingham). They had had five children born alive two of whom had died by the time of the census.
In 1911 he was a lamp lighter
25 May 1916
196813 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham.
Lance Corporal
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He is buried in Fonquevillers Military Cemetery: Grave Reference: I. D. 7.
CWGC and UKSDGW give his first name as 'Walter' while he is 'Walter William' on 'Soldiers' effects' and other official records such as the Marriage index. Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged), 20 June 1916: ‘Goodwin. Killed in action May 25th, Lance Corporal Walter Goodwin, Sherwood Foresters, age 31. Wife and children.’ Research Rachel Farrand
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