Private 26086 Stephen Goodall
5th Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
Private Goodall was born in Nass County Kildare, Ireland and enlisted at Reading. At the time of his enlistment his place of residence was shown as Hungerford. He was the eldest son of Frank and Amy Goodall, who ran The Three Swans Hotel 1913-21. He had previous service with the 1st/4th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment (Number 4/2521).
He died on Thursday 14th June 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the missing, west – Vlaanderen, Belgium.
- The Regimental Badge of the Dorsetshire Regiment
The War Diary reads:
The battalion moved from Boeschepe to Kemmel, where they stayed till 6.00pm before relieving the 9th Dublin Fusiliers in the reserve line (Mauve Line). Relief completed at about 11.30am
On the night of 12th and 13th the battalion went out to dig two communication trenches, the right one starting from 027 and 74 and running to 028 and 96. We had 30 casualties.
[In the war diary one of those shown as wounded was Pte Goodall, he died the following day. Local press reports, however, said he was ‘instantly killed in action in France on June 14, aged 24’. Frank and Amy Goodall had now lost two of their children as young adults.]