Corby Borough Council marks the 100th anniversary of WWI soldier, George Thomas Goode, this week (Wednesday 16th May) as part of the local authority’s continued WWI commemorations.
George Thomas Goode was born in Middleton in 1898. His father was Harry Goode of Middleton, his mother Jane Goode (nee Pickwell) of Carrington, Lincolnshire.
George Thomas Goode’s service record has not survived. From what records survived he enlisted in Kettering. He served first as a Private (203910) with the 1/1 Hertfordshire Regiment and then as a Private (56909) in the 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.
He was eventually posted to the 15th (Service) Battalion (1st Salford) of the Lancashire Fusiliers. The 15th Battalion was formed on the 11th September 1914. On the 21st June 1915 it joined the 96th Brigade of the 32nd Division.
The Battalion were mobilised and landed in Boulogne on 22nd November 1915. It was to serve on the Western Front for the duration of the War.
The Battalion was involved in many battles throughout 1918 including First battle of Arras, Amiens, Albert, Bapaume, battle of the St Quentin Canal, Beaurevoir and the battle of the Sambre towards the end of the War.
It is recorded that Private George Thomas Goode of the 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers died of wounds on the 16th May 1918. It is unclear when his injuries were inflicted.
Private Goode is buried at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez and commemorated on the Cottingham/Middleton War Memorial.
Further information all local WWI soldiers can be found on Corby Borough Council’s website, www.corby.gov.uk/home/leisure-culture/first-world-war-centenary-1914-1918.
Notes to Editors
In 1891 Harry and Jane were living in Orton. Their daughter Elizabeth had been born in Middleton (1889) but their other two children Edith (b.1890) and Harry James (b. 1891) had been born in Orton. Harry was employed as a groom.
Another daughter Kate was born in 1893 and George Thomas in 1898, both born in Middleton.
By 1901 the family were living in Main Street, Middleton. Harry Goode was still employed as a groom.
George’s mother Jane died on 28th June 1902 in Middleton. Jane was 37 years of age.
In 1911 Harry and his children Kate (17) and George (12) were still in Main Street. George’s sister Kate died in 1915, aged 21.