No. 228 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Walter George Goodman was born on 23 November 1887 and baptized in Hillmorton Parish Church on 1st January 1888. His parents were Harry, a labourer, and his wife Janet, sometimes called Janetta (nee Franklin) who had married on 16th December 1886. The family lived in Lower Street, Hillmorton but by 1901 had moved to 5 East Street, Rugby, where Harry was a railway labourer. Walter was aged 13 and a baker’s apprentice.
By 1911, Harry and Janet were living at 12 Bridge Street, Rugby with children Nellie, Lewis and Fred. Eldest son Walter had already joined the army – he was in India and his age was given as 25.
Rugby Advertiser 31 Oct 1914
“No further news has been received of the three Rugby men, all members of the Royal Warwicks – Pte Walter Geo Goodman, Pte Busson, and Lance-Corpl Hancox, who were reported as missing after the fighting round Ligny on August 26th. The tree men were firm friends, the two latter being cousins. Pte Goodman was a son of Mr & Mrs Goodman, of 170 Oxford Street, and was 27 years of age. He served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment for nine years, and was discharged as a first class reservist in October. He served twelve months in Ireland and seven years in India, taking part in the fighting on the North-West Frontier in 1908 and 1910, for which he received the Afghanistan medal and clasp. Prior to his discharge he was stationed at barracks in England. Since leaving the Army Pte Goodman has been employed on the Birmingham Tramway system. His younger brother has joined Kitchener’s Army.”
His brother Fred died in 1916, on his 20th birthday.
Walter George Goodman was buried in Honnechy British Cemetery: Plot 1, Row C, grave no. 20.
This was reburial. He had originally been buried in Clary German Cemetery, by the French. It was a collective grave of 46 British Soldiers. There had been a cross on the grave and his body was identified by clothing, buttons and disc. The disc and 2 halfpence were forwarded to Base.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM