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05 Apr 1896
Radford Nottingham
He was the son of John and Pollie Maria Goodall. John and Pollie Maria nee Reynolds, were married in 1892 (registered A/M/J, Nottingham). Pollie (b. abt 1874) was the daughter of Emily/Emma Reynolds (later Langham) and the stepdaughter of Henry Langham. At the time of the 1911 Census when John and Pollie had been married for 20 years they had had 10 children of whom only nine were still living. Nine children were named on the census of 1901 and 1911; Emily May, George, Margaret, Clarice, Flora L, Constance, William, Lawrence and Edgar. With the exception of Clarice who was born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, all the children were born in Nottingham. In 1901 John (30), a lace maker, and his wife were living at 10 Hawarden(?) Terrace, Hyson Green, with their five children; Emily May (7), George (4), Margaret (3), Clarice (1) and Flora (6 months). By 1911 John and Pollie were living at 96 Station Road, Beeston, Nottingham, with eight of their nine children: Emily May (17, hosiery machinist), George (14, errand boy), Clarice (11), Flora (10), Constance (7), William (6), Lawrence (3) and Edgar (2). Their daughter, Margaret (13), an errand girl for a lace manufacturer, was living with her grandmother Emily Langham (formerly Reynolds) and Emily's husband, Henry Langham, at 42 Bridlington Street, Hyson Green. George joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry two years later in September 1913. The Royal Navy notified George's mother, Polly (sic) of his death. Her address was given as 66 (sic) Station Road, Beeston. The street number was probably an error as the CWGC record gives her address as '96 Station Road' as at the 1911 Census. George's mother, Pollie, died in 1924 aged 50 (death registered June, Basford).
In 1911 he was an errand lad for an engineer's. He joined the RMLI on 12 September 1913 when he was 17 years old.
25 Jan 1917
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HMS Laurentic Royal Marine Light Infantry
George joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 12 September 1913. The White Star liner R.M.S. Laurentic was requisitioned by the Admiralty as an armed merchant cruiser. On 25 January 1917 while on passage to New York she struck a mine off Lough Swilly on the northern coast of County Donegal, Ireland, and sank with the loss of 350 people. George's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
In memoriam published 26th January 1920 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “GOODALL. – In memory of my brother, George, lost at sea January 25th, 1917, H.M.S. Laurentic. Fondly remembered. – Daisy.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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