Category: Military
Rank: Private 421987
Regiment or Ship: 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment
Service Number(s): 421987
Date of Birth: 1899
Place of Birth: Hollington, Sussex
Date of Death: 20.09.1918
Place of Burial / Memorials:

La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, Peronne

Address: Sidley Cottage, Ninfield Road,, Sidley

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Family Information


Samuel James Goodsell, born 3rd February 1872 at Westfield Sussex (died 14th February 1952 at Hellingly Hospital) and Mary Ann Goodsell, born 5th April 1867 at Battle (died 17th May 1934 at Bexhill Hospital) who were married in 1893 in Mary Ann’s hometown of Battle.

Samuel James Goodsell (junior) was born in 1894 at Hollington, Sussex (drowned, aged 7, in 1901, off the breakwater at St Leonards.

Alice Goodsell was born 15th January 1896 at Hollington, Sussex

Ernest Goodsell was born3rd January 1898 at Hollington Sussex.  W0085 GOODSELL Ernest (Private)

Arthur Goodsell was born in 1901 at Hollington, Sussex

Alfred Goodsell was born in 1904 at Hollington, Sussex

William George Edward (known as George) was born in 1909 at Hollington, Sussex

The Goodsell family were of modest means with Samuel’s occupation listed as that of a “navvy” in the 1901 census.  By the 1911 census Samuel is working for himself as a chimney sweep and the family are living at Sidley.  During this decade sons were born in St Leonards (Arthur), Herstmonceux (Alfred) and Little Common (George).  It seems that Samuel has endeavoured to better himself as he moved round the district.  From 1911 onward the Goodsell family remained settled in Sidley for many years.  Samuel eventually ran a carrying business from Sidley Stables with Alf.

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