Sergeant John Goodson

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

23 Mar 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation



Luton Co-operative Society

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

22 Hitchin Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

No known grave

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Sgt John Goodson

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.

Individual Location

Sgt John Goodson

Author: Deejaya

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