Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
1 Aug 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Sapper Horace Charles Godfrey, 78464, OO Cable Section, Royal Engineers, was killed in action in France on August 1st, 1918. He was aged 22 and the only son of Edward and Annie Godfrey, of 13 Baker Street, Luton.
An officer wrote to the parents: “Death occurred while he was on duty as sentry this morning about 1.30. There was an enemy bombing raid in the vicinity, and a bomb was dropped on the stables. Poor Horace was hit and died instantaneously.”
Horace had joined up as a volunteer in November 1914 and, after training in England, was drafted to Salonica. After nine months there he contracted enteric fever and was sent first to Malta and, later, England. Having fully recovered, he went out to France in January 1918.
Prior to the war he was an engineering apprentice with the Skefko Ball Bearing Company.