11 April 1917: Lieut. Arthur Pole Godfrey

Born 41 Devonshire Place, Portland Place, London 7 Feb 1879

Only son of Charles and Evelyn (née Browne) 

A photograph of Chigwell School, Essex, taken during or before 1904; caption reads "Archbishop Harsnett's School".

Educated at Chigwell School, and in France. He was good a football, cricket and tennis. 

Went to Ceylon 1899 age 20 and eventually became a partner in a Tea Plantation.

Joined the Ceylon Rifles and on the outbreak of war returned to England. 

Gazetted 12 June 1915; appointed Lieut. 31 October 1916. 

German prisoners acting as stretcher bearers for British and German wounded soldiers, 9 April 1917. © IWM Q 5125

Wounded in the Battle of the Somme and killed in action during the Battle of Arras at the south west corner of the Hyderabad Redoubt 11 April 1917. 

A soldier reading at the entrance to his dug-out, reinforced with sandbags. Fampoux, 21 July 1917. © IWM Q 5702

He is buried at Fampoux Cemetery, Arras, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

Lieut. Arthur Pole Godfrey. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

11 April 1917 Killed in action. He was 38. 


Sources: De Ruvigny’s v.iii