Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
23 Mar 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Sgt John Goodson, 19064, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme on March 23rd, 1918, during the German spring offensive. He was aged 25 and married.
John Goodson was born on the East Coast at Gorleston-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth, and by 1911 was working as a baker in the business of his his uncle and aunt, Ernest and Jane Bloomfield, of 22 Hitchin Road, Luton. Before enlisting he was working in the bakery department of the Luton Co-operative Society.
John Goodson had enlisted in the Beds Regiment on November 27th, 1914, and was sent to the Front on August 7th, 1915, after training at Ampthill. He had taken part in fighting at Loos, Trones Wood and Bethune's Wood.
On December 31st, 1916, he married Mabel Rhodes, daughter of a straw hat manufacturer at High Town Primitive Methodist Church. He had come home on leave on Boxing Day and returned to the Front on January 5th. Mabel was living at her family home at 20 Reginald Street at the time of John's death.
Sgt Goodson is commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour/War Memorial and in the Book of Life compiled at Luton Parish Church.