11 April 1917: Lieut. Arthur Pole Godfrey

Arthur Godfrey was born at 41 Devonshire Place, Portland Place, London 7 Feb 1879

He was the only son of Charles Godfrey and Evelyn (née Browne).

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

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

Age 20, he went to Ceylon 1899 and eventually became a partner in a Tea Plantation.

He 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

He was 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