Goodrick DEBT of HONOUR REGISTER

DEBT of HONOUR REGISTER

 

 

ALFRED REGINALD GOODRICK

Craftsman
2122409
Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
attd. 2nd Bn. London Irish Rifles, Royal Ulster Rifles
who died on
Monday, 12th June 1944. Age 35.

Additional Information: Son of John and Minnie Goodrick; husband of Ida Mary Goodrick, of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: LA DELIVRANDE WAR CEMETERY, DOUVRES, Calvados, France
Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
VII. K. 9.

Location: Take the main road northwards from Caen, the D7 to Langrune-sur-Mer. After about 12 kilometres, the War Cemetery will be found on the right of the road, a few hundred metres before reaching La Delivrande crossroads and its twin-spired church.


Historical Information: Douvres-la-Delivrande was on the route from the landing beaches to Caen, and was the site of a particularly stubbornly defended German strong point in June 1944. The first burials in the cemetery were made on the day of the Allied landings in Normandy, 6th June 1944. Others were brought in later from the battlefields between the coast and Caen. There are now over 900, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 50 are unidentified and 25 special memorials have been erected bearing the inscription "Buried near this spot".

 

 

EDWIN MONEY GOODRICK

Private
NX27912
A.I.F. 2/10 Fld. Amb. Australian Army Medical Corps
who died on
Sunday, 22nd March 1942. Age 36.

Additional Information:

Husband of Anne Goodrick, of Black Heath, New South Wales, Australia.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Singapore

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Column 140.

Location:

In the Far East at Singapore, the Singapore Memorial bears, on its columns, the names of over 24,000 soldiers and airmen of the British Commonwealth and Empire who have no known grave. The airmen whose names are inscribed on the Memorial died during operations over the whole of southern and eastern Asia and the surrounding seas and oceans. The Memorial stands in Kranji War Cemetery. The central avenue of the Cemetery rises gently from the Stone of Remembrance, near the entrance, to the Cross of Sacrifice, beyond which flights of steps lead to a terrace on top of a hill on which the Memorial stands. Twelve wide columns bear the name panels and support a flat roof, which gives protection to the inscribed names and shade and shelter to the visitor. Rising through the roof in the centre, to a height of 24 metres, is a great pylon surmounted by a star. On a curved panel at the foot of this pylon are inscribed in English these words: 1939 - 1945 ON THE WALLS OF THIS MEMORIAL ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN OF MANY RACES UNITED IN SERVICE TO THE BRITISH CROWN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN MALAYA AND NEIGHBOURING LANDS AND SEAS IN THE AIR OVER SOUTHERN AND EASTERN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE CUSTOMARY RITES ACCORDED TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH. An additional inscription, "They Died for All Free Men" is engraved in Hindi, Urdu, Gurmukhi, Chinese and Malay. Kranji War Cemetery is 22 kilometres north of the city of Singapore, on the north side of Singapore Island overlooking the Straits of Johore. It is just off the Singapore-Johore road (Woodlands road) at milestone 13 1/2 and there is a short approach road from the main road. The Cemetery is known locally as Kranji Memorial, and one must be sure of the address before boarding a taxi, as many taxi drivers do not know the Cemetery. There are also bus stops on the main road facing the Cemetery and an MRT terminal is under construction a short distance from the Cemetery.


 

 

F GOODRICK

Trooper
7/959
Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F.
who died on
Wednesday, 9th August 1916.

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. M. Goodrick, of, The Mount, York.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: KANTARA WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt
Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
A. 89.

Location: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery is situated at Kantara East on the eastern side of the Suez Canal, 160 kilometres north-east of Cairo and 50 kilometres south of Port Said. Access to Kantara East is via vehicular or small passenger ferry from Kantara West. Kantara East is 30 kilometres north of Ismailia on the main Ismailia-Port Said road. The cemetery is 3 kilometres by road from the ferry, on the northern outskirts of the village. Within the cemetery is the Kantara Indian Cemetery Memorial, which commemorates 282 soldiers of the Indian Army and one Indian Merchant Seaman from the First World War buried in Kantara Indian Cemetery. In 1961 Kantara Indian Cemetery became inaccessible and a memorial tablet honouring these serviceman was erected in Kantara War Memorial Cemetery. Also in the cemetery is the Kantara Memorial commemorating sixteen New Zealand mounted soldiers who fell in action in Egypt in the 1914-1918 War, whose graves are not known.

Historical Information: The village of Kantara, properly El Qanata, stands on the old caravan route between Egypt and Syria. In the early days of the 1914-1918 War it was an important fortified point in the defence of Suez against the Turkish attacks on Egypt, and it was during this period that the railway eastwards towards Sinai and Palestine was begun. Kanara was a hospital base until 1920, and the cemetery was begun in February 1916. The greater number of British Officers and men buried in this cemetery died in hospitals and camps established at Kantara and El Arish. Others fell in the earlier fighting of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, and their graves were brought in from Rumani, Rafa, Qatia and the other battlefields of the desert. The 1939-1945 War again saw Kantara as a hospital centre. No.1 British General Hospital arrived early in July 1941 and was still there in December 1945. Two other British General Hospitals were there in turn for varying periods. The Allied medical establishment in the area included the large No.8 Polish General Hospital, which adjoined the war cemetery. Most of the 1939-1945 burials in this cemetery are from the Polish Hospital, and are therefore, in the more recent part of the cemetery, known as the Polish Extension. There are over 1500, 1914-1918 and over 350, 1939-1945 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery as well as a small number of Non World War graves.

 

 

 

GEORGE H GOODRICK

Private
37885
1st Bn., Somerset Light Infantry
who died on
Friday, 15th November 1918.

 

Additional Information: Son of Nehemiah and Lydia Goodrick, husband of

Emma Goodrick and Father of Frank Jellicoe Goodrick and Gladis Goodrick,

of Ovington NR, Watton Norfolk.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: WATTON NONCONFORMIST BURIAL GROUND, Norfolk, United Kingdom
Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
E. 36.
George Horatio Goodrick, is buried in row E 36 of the none conformist denominations section of St Mary's Parish Church Watton. (Methodist) Head stone reads:

In Loving Memory of George Horatio Goodrick The dearly beloved and eldest son of Nehemiah & Lydia Goodrick, who died on service Nov15th 1918 Aged 33 years

UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY.

Also of George Kitchener Dearly loved son of the above who died March 6th 1917

Aged 2 years, Peace Perfect Peace erected by his mother.

 

St Mary's Parish Church Watton, has a memorial plaque in memory of to the glory of God and in proud and grateful memory of the twenty eight men of Watton

Who gave their lives for king and country in the Great War 1914-1919.

Pte. George Horatio Goodrick.

They died that we might live.

 

Historical Information:

Prt George Horatio Goodrick. No.37885 Served First Batt Somerset Light Infantry 1914-18 war. Details taken from hand written casualty records produced on the front line Somme 1917-1918.

*Embarked 24-11-17. *Arrived Infantry Base Depot 27-11-17. *Joined 4th Division SLI with Battalion 30-11-17. *Admitted 8th Casualty clearance station with Gastritis 27-12-17. *Admitted 1st Canadian General Hospital Branch 30-12-17. *Arrived Infantry Base Depot 18-03-18. *Rejoined Battalion 25-03-18. *Dep d 3 Days Pay 19-03-18. (0.1810. 20-04-18). *Leave 10th-24th-11-18. * Died whilst on Leave 15-11-18. Pneumonia (B213 form 28-12-18.)*No2 Records office Exeter No15555. 16-01-19.

 

·       Died from Pneumonia after being exposed to gas on the front line Somme and sent home to die.

 

 

·       Entry The Breckles Deanery and District Magazine December 1918

·       Ovington. Rev. J. Roscoe, Rector.

·       The Thanksgiving Service for the armistice, though only imperfectly announced, owing to the limited time for so doing, still drew a great many people and was inspiring. It was encouraging to find the members of the parish unanimous in ascribing to God their thanks and honour for the cessation's of hostilities. We now pray that there may be an abiding peace arrived at shortly.

·       WAR NEWS. In the midst of our rejoicing for the cessation of hostilities we are solemnized by the death of Pte.George Goodrick, who came home gassed and died from pneumonia within a week after arrival. We deeply sympathize with the widow and her two small children.

 

GEORGE HENRY GOODRICK

Private
7905693
1st Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment
who died on
Saturday, 22nd April 1944. Age 25.

Additional Information:

Son of Thomas Frederick and Hilda Goodrick; husband of Violet Goodrick, of Osbaldwick, Yorkshire.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

RANGOON MEMORIAL, Myanmar

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Face 15.

Location:

The Rangoon Memorial is situated in Taukkyan War Cemetery, which is outside Yangon (formerly Rangoon), near the airport and immediately adjoining the village of Taukkyan. It is on the Prome Road, about 35 kilometres north of the city, from which it is easily accessible. The Memorial stands in the centre of the Cemetery, surrounded by the graves of more than 6,000 men who fought and died with those whom it commemorates, whose remains were brought from the battlefield cemeteries at Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw, and from scattered jungle and roadside graves all over Burma. It is in the form of two long open garden courts flanked by covered walks and joined by an open rotunda. The names of the fallen are carved on the inner faces of broad rectangular piers placed at intervals to form the sides of the covered walks. Through these colonnades can be seen the green lawns of the cemetery and the colourful garden courts. On the frieze inside the rotunda are inscribed in English these words: 1939-1945 HERE ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND SOLDIERS OF MANY RACES UNITED IN SERVICE TO THE BRITISH CROWN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN BURMA AND ASSAM BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE CUSTOMARY RITES ACCORDED TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH Also engraved on the rotunda in English, Burmese, Hindi, Urdu and Gurmukhi is the additional inscription: THEY DIED FOR ALL FREE MEN


H GOODRICK

Private
41578
7th Bn., Norfolk Regiment
who died on
Sunday, 23rd June 1918.

 

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

MARTINSART BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

I. E. 41.

Location:

Martinsart is a small village 4 kilometres north of Albert. The cemetery is on the south side of the village on the road (D129) to Aveluy. The cemetery is signposted in the centre of Martinsart.


Historical Information:

Martinsart was close to the British front line until September 1916, and again from March to August 1918. Martinsart British Cemetery was begun at the end of June, 1916, when 14 men of the 13th Royal Irish Rifles, killed by a shell, were buried in what is now Plot I, Row A. It was used as a front-line cemetery until October 1916, and again in September 1918, when the V Corps buried in it a number of officers and men whose bodies were found on the battlefields. It was enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the area North, East and South of the village. There are now nearly 500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, almost a quarter are unidentified and special memorials are erected to six soldiers from the United Kingdom believed to be buried among them. The cemetery covers an area of 2,002 square metres and is enclosed on the North and East by a red brick wall.

 

 

H. GOODRICK

Private
3099
5th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt.)
Who died on
Saturday, 19th February 1916.

 

Commemorative Information

Cemetery: SUCRERIE MILITARY CEMETERY, COLINCAMPS, Somme, France
Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
III. H. 1.

Location: Colincamps is a village about 16 kilometres north of Albert. Sucrerie Military Cemetery is about 3 kilometres south-east of the village on the north side of the road from Mailly-Maillet to Puisieux.


Historical Information: The cemetery was begun by French troops in the early summer of 1915, and extended to the West by British units from July in that year until, with intervals, December 1918. It was called at first the 10th Brigade Cemetery. Until the German retreat in March 1917, it was rather more than a 1.6 kilometres from the front line; and from the end of March 1918, (when the New Zealand Division was engaged in fighting at the Sucrerie) to the following August it was under fire. The 285 French and twelve German graves were removed to other cemeteries after the Armistice, and in consequence there are gaps in the lettering of the Rows. There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The cemetery covers an area is 6,322 square metres and a low brick wall encloses it.

 

 

HARRY GOODRICK

Who died on
Saturday, 10th June 1944. Age 23.

Additional Information:

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Goodrick, of Little Thurrock, Essex.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

HAIFA (SHARON) BRITISH CIVIL CEMETERY, Section of the Israel Register

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Plot 6. Grave 1.

Location:

The British Civil Cemetery lies about 5 kilometres from the centre of Haifa, on the main road to Tel Aviv-Yafo, and adjoins the Northern side of Khayat Beach War Cemetery.


Historical Information:

Haifa was of great strategic importance during the 1939-1945 War, and became one of the main supply bases and arms depots serving the Middle East Forces. A large naval depot was established at Haifa Bay. There are now 70, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

 

 

HERBERT GOODRICK

Private
2872
1st/5th Bn., Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.)
Who died on
Sunday, 17th September 1916. Age 27.

Additional Information:

Son of Ashley and Annie Goodrick, Moldgreen, Huddersfield.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B

Location:

The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).


 

 

HERBERT WILLIAM GOODRICK

Private
46295
6th Bn., Leicestershire Regiment
who died on
Friday, 22nd March 1918. Age 19.

Additional Information:

Son of Richard and Jessie Goodrick, of Scarborough.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 29 and 30

Location:

Pozieres is a village some 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery, which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.


Historical Information:

The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and to the succeeding period of four months during which there was built up, behind the new front, of the army, which on the 8 August 1918 began the Advance to Victory. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who fell in France during the Fifth Army area retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names.

 

 

JOHN HALL GOODRICK

Bombardier
86912
Canadian Field Artillery
who died on
Tuesday, 26th November 1918. Age 29.

Additional Information:

Son of George James Goodrick, of Great Yarmouth, England, and the late Annie Goodrick.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

MAPLETON (ST. CLEMENT'S) CEMETERY, Manitoba, Canada

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

B.I. R.2. S.E.3. G.37A.

 

 

JOHN JAMES SIMONS GOODRICK

Sergeant
242201
2nd/6th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment
who died on
Friday, 30th November 1917. Age 30.

Additional Information:

Son of John and Mary Ann Goodrick, of Harehills, Leeds.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 7

Location:

The small village of Louverval is on the north side of the N30, Bapaume to Cambrai road, 13 kilometres north-east of Bapaume and 16 kilometres south-west of Cambrai. The Memorial stands on a terrace in Louverval Military Cemetery, which is situated on the north side of the N30, south of Louverval village. CWGC signposts on the N30 give advance warning of arrival at the Cemetery Situated behind a colonnade; the memorial takes the form of a semi-circular wall on which the names of the dead are carved. At the entrance is the following inscription in English and French: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE ENDURING MEMORY OF 7048 OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE FORCES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO FELL AT THE BATTLE OF CAMBRAI BETWEEN THE 20TH NOVEMBER AND THE 3RD DECEMBER 1917, WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNES OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.


 

 

JOHN WALTER GOODRICK

Private
156097
17th Bn., Machine Gun Corps (Inf)
who died on
Monday, 9th September 1918.

 

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 10

Location:

Vis-en-Artois and Haucourt are villages on the straight main road from Arras to Cambrai about 10 kilometres south-east of Arras. Within the grounds of Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, which is west of Haucourt on the north side of the main road, will be found the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. This Memorial bears the names of over 9,000 men who fell in the period from 8 August 1918 to the date of the Armistice in the Advance to Victory in Picardy and Artois, between the Somme and Loos, and who have no known grave. They belonged to the forces of Great Britain and Ireland and South Africa; the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand forces being commemorated on other memorials to the missing. The Memorial consists of a screen wall in three parts. The middle part of the screen wall is concave and carries stone panels on which names are carved. It is 26 feet high flanked by pylons 70 feet high. The Stone of Remembrance stands exactly between the pylons and behind it, in the middle of the screen, is a group in relief representing St George and the Dragon. The flanking parts of the screen wall are also curved and carry stone panels carved with names. Each of them forms the back of a roofed colonnade; and at the far end of each is a small building.

 

 

JOHN WILLIAM GOODRICK

Second Lieutenant
General List
Attd. H.P.17. Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers
who died on
Tuesday, 26th February 1918. Age 33.

Additional Information:

Son of William and the late Annie Goodrick; husband of Jessie Walker Goodrick, of Osterley Park, Hounslow, Middx. A Master Mariner. Was in the employ of Messrs. Butterfield & Swire, China Navigation Company, Shanghai, as Chief Officer.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 43

Location:

The Basra Memorial was originally sited within Basra War Cemetery but in 1997 the Memorial was moved by presidential decree. The move, carried out by the authorities in Iraq, involved a considerable amount of manpower, transport costs and sheer engineering on their part, and the Memorial has been re-erected in its entirety. The Basra Memorial is now located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the Gulf War. The Memorial consists of a roofed colonnade of white Indian stone, 80 metres long, with an obelisk 16 metres high as the central feature. The names are engraved on slate panels fixed to the wall behind the columns. More than 40,000 British, Indian and West African dead who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921, are commemorated on the Memorial.


 

 

MICHAEL WILLIAM GOODRICKE

Private
5951431
1st Bn., Gordon Highlanders
who died on
Friday, 23rd March 1945. Age 31.

 

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Germany

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

52. D. 1.

Location:

The cemetery is 5 kilometres south west of Kleve. From Kleve take the Hoffmannallee from the town centre, which becomes the Materbornerallee. This road enters Reichswald Forest and becomes the Grunewaldstrasse. Follow the directions for Gennep, and on entering Reichswald Forest the cemetery is situated 500 metres on the left.

 

 

S GOODRICK

Private
7312
West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own)
who died on
Thursday, 12th October 1916.

 

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

YORK CEMETERY, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

161. 19821.

Location:

York Cemetery is near the North-East side of Fulford Road.


Historical Information:

During the 1914-1918 War, York contained the Headquarters, Northern Command, the York Record Office; the Depot of the West Yorkshire Regiment and four auxiliary hospitals. On the 28th April 1942, one of the "Baedeker" series of air raids was directed at the heart of the city. As the headquarters of the Northern Command, York, which was one of the military areas of that Command, and also contained the Depot of the West Yorkshire Regiment, was the centre of many military camps. Air force stations surrounded it, and a number of prisoner-of -war camps were set up in the vicinity, a prisoner-of-war military hospital having been established at Naburn.

 

 

WALTER AUGUSTUS GOODRICK

Signalman
14698070
Royal Corps of Signals
who died on
Thursday, 1st February 1945. Age 19.

Additional Information:

Son of Henry and Lillian Margaret Goodrick, of Little Thurrock, Grays, Essex.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

GROESBEEK MEMORIAL, Netherlands

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 2.

Location:

Groesbeek is located 10 kilometres south east of the town of Nijmegen close to the German frontier. The Groesbeek Memorial stands in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, which is 3 kilometres north of the village and 1.5 kilometres east of the main road to Nijmegen. On leaving the A73 motorway at the junction Overasselt-Mook-Groesbeek, follow directions to Mook. Follow direction signs towards Mook War cemetery. After passing Mook War cemetery, continue to the village of Groesbeek to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights onto Dorpstraat passing through Groesbeek. The road name then changes to Molenweg. A Commission direction sign indicates the right hand turning from Molenweg onto the Zeven Heuvelenweg. The cemetery lies 1 kilometre after entering this road on the right hand side of the road. The Groesbeek Memorial commemorates by name those members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North-West Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944, and the end of the war in Europe. The Memorial consists of twin colonnaded buildings, which face each other across the turfed forecourt of the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, between the entrance and the Stone of Remembrance. The names of the men commemorated are inscribed in panels of Portland stone built into the rear walls, and within each building are inscribed the words: THESE WALLS BEAR THE NAMES OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND EMPIRE WHO FELL IN THE ADVANCE FROM THE RIVER SEINE THROUGH THE LOW COUNTRIES AND INTO GERMANY, BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED A KNOWN AND HONOURED GRAVE. 30TH AUGUST 1944 - 5TH MAY 1945. Outside, on the friezes above the columns, are carved the inscription "Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus" (We live in the hearts of friends for whom we died), and the names of the great rivers, which marked the progress of the campaign: 'Seine, Scheldt, Maas, Rhine, Elbe'.


Historical Information:

During the Second World War, many thousands of men and women from all countries of the British Commonwealth and Empire lost their lives in trying to repel the German invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium in 1940, and in the ensuing struggle to liberate the occupied countries. Some 11,000 of these have their graves in Belgium and nearly 20,000 lie in the Netherlands. Of this number, there are over 1,000 who have no known grave. The Groesbeek Memorial, which stands in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, commemorates by name those members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North-West Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944, and the end of the war in Europe. The Memorial consists of twin colonnaded buildings, which face each other across the turfed forecourt of the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, between the entrance and the Stone of Remembrance. The names of the men commemorated are inscribed in panels of Portland stone built into the rear walls, and within each building are inscribed the words: THE WALLS BEAR THE NAMES OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND EMPIRE WHO FELL IN THE ADVANCE FROM THE RIVER SEINE THROUGH THE LOW COUNTRIES AND INTO GERMANY BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED A KNOWN AND HONOURED GRAVE 30TH AUGUST 1944 - 5TH MAY 1945 Outside, on the friezes above the columns, is carved the inscription "Pro amicis mortui amicis vivimus" (we live in the hearts of friends for whom we died), and the names of the great rivers which marked the progress of the campaign, i.e. Seine, Scheldt, Maas, Rhine and Elbe.

 

 

WALTER ROBERT GOODRICK MC

Captain
7th (Pioneer) Bn., Durham Light Infantry
who died on
Monday, 1st January 1917. Age 25.

Additional Information:

Son of William and A. E. Goodrick, of Chester Rd., Scarborough.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

I. C. 25.

Location:

Flatiron Copse Cemetery is on the right hand side of D929, Amiens-Albert-Bapaume, and 10 kilometres east of Albert. From Albert take the right turn at Y junction (102nd Infantry Brigade Memorial) after the Routiers restaurant, on the D20. Follow on the D20 through Ovillers/La Boisselle and Bazentin, then after 2 kilometres the Cemetery is signposted onto a 750-metre mud track. The Cemetery is accessible by car.


Historical Information:

The 3rd and 7th Divisions on The 14th July 1916 cleared the ground, and an Advanced Dressing Station was established at the Copse. The cemetery was begun about the 20th July, and it remained in use until April 1917. It was used again for two burials in August 1918; and after the Armistice, 1,149 graves were brought in from smaller cemeteries and from the neighbouring battlefields. Almost all the concentrated graves are those of men who fell in the summer and autumn of 1916. There are now over 1,500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these just under 500 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 36 soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of nine soldiers from the United Kingdom, buried in Mametz Wood Cemetery, whose graves were destroyed by shellfire. The cemetery covers an area of 5,197 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall. The following were among the burial grounds concentrated into Flatiron Copse Cemetery: - CATERPILLAR CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, in "Caterpillar Wood". It contained the graves of 21 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in July 1916, and of whom 12 belonged to the 6th and 7th Gordons. CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, BAZENTIN, near the cross-roads at the North end of Bazentin-le-Grand. Here were buried 15 soldiers from the United Kingdom and four from New Zealand, who fell in 1916-1917. MAMETZ WOOD CEMETERY, outside the Western edge of Mametz Wood, in which 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in 1916. QUADRANGLE CEMETERY, BAZENTIN, between Bottom Wood and Mametz Wood, named from a small rectangular copse. Here were buried, in 1916, 32 soldiers from the United Kingdom and three from Australia, of whom 22 were artillerymen. VALLEY CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN, between the Briqueterie and Maltzhorn Farm, in which 72 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in August and September 1916. VILLA WOOD CEMETERIES No. 1 and No. 2, CONTALMAISON, near a small copse North of Mametz Wood. They contained the graves of 62 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1916.

 

 

WILBER DIXON GOODRICK

Warrant Officer Class II
R/141449
Pilot
Royal Canadian Air Force
who died on
Friday, 12th May 1944. Age 24.

Additional Information:

Son of Carl Shreve Goodrick and Violet Aulda Goodrick, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

RANCHI WAR CEMETERY, India

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

2. E. 6.

Location:

Ranchi is a town in the State of Bihar some 400 kilometres north-west of Calcutta. It can be reached by air from Delhi, Calcutta and a number of other cities. Ranchi War Cemetery is on Old Hazari Bagh Road about 2 kilometres from Ranchi railway station. It is situated next to the Christian cemetery near Kantatoli Chowk. The Cemetery entrance being several metres off the road can easily be missed, and few taxi drivers know the way. Visitors should contact their hotel manager for guidance. There is no residential Caretaker on site and the gate is locked between 5pm and 8am. During working hours the cemetery register can be obtained from one of the gardeners.


Historical Information:

RANCHI is a small town in the province of Bihar, some 250 miles west-north-west of Calcutta on the main line thence to Patna. It stands 1300 ft. above sea level, is accessible also by road. After the fall of Rangoon in March 1942 the probability that the Japanese would occupy the whole of Burma constituted a grave threat to India and Ceylon. The forces available for defence were dangerously weak. Apart from those on the north-west frontier and on internal security there were one British and six Indian divisions, and these lacked ancillary troops and equipment. The Air Force and airfields were inadequate and the fleet as a whole was in no position to dispute command of the Bay of Bengal. In 1942 during March and April, 100,000 tons of shipping was sunk in the bay. Internal disturbances in India presented an additional threat, and some of the worst troubles occurred in districts of Bihar. In May 1942 five British divisions reached India, followed in June by two more, and the Air Force strength was increased. Ranchi became an important base, and the 70th British Division, less one brigade in Ceylon, was posted there to meet any sea-borne attack on the Orissa coast and to form the only reserve to support Assam or Bengal. The site is roughly triangular in shape, with the stone entrance building or gatehouse at the apex of the triangle. The Cross of Sacrifice is in the centre, and beyond it, at the far end of the cemetery are two seats. The cemetery was commenced on June 1st, 1942, by the army, and used until the end of the war. Afterwards graves from isolated positions and small inaccessible cemeteries were brought in, and in 1952 more than 200 graves were transferred from twelve civil cemeteries to this burial ground. It is the smallest "concentration" cemetery in India. Undivided India. Of the burials, 5 soldiers and 6 airmen from the United Kingdom, 1 airman of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 3 airmen of the Royal Australian Air Force, 1 soldier of the army of undivided India and 1 civilian, whose graves in the cemetery could not be precisely located, are commemorated by special memorials inscribed "Buried near this spot".

 

 

WILLIAM ARTHUR GOODRICK

Sergeant
L/7769
1st Bn., Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
who died on
Saturday, 12th December 1914. Age 28.

Additional Information:

Husband of Alice Elizabeth Goodrick, of Castleton Cottage, Marshside, Chislet, Canterbury.

Commemorative Information

Memorial:

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:

Panel 45 and 47

Location:

Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin and Courtrai, and bears the names of men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War.