Frederick George Goodyear

Rank Lieutenant
Service No Unknown
Date of Death 18/12/1917
Age 24
Regiment/Service London Regiment 24th Battalion
Cemetery Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. It contains 544 Commonwealth burials of the 1st World War. Port Said, at the northern outlet of the Suez Canal, was an important hospital centre during the war. It received wounded from Gallipoli in 1915 and later from operations in Egypt and Palestine. In February 1916, it contained No. 31 General Hospital, No. 14 Stationary Hospital and No. 26 Casualty Clearing Station.

 

Frederick was born in 1893 to William Goodyear (b.1848), a coal merchant and builder’s merchant, and his wife, Clarissa, nee Combridge (1848–1922). He had eight siblings; John (b.1879), Hariette (1881-1954), Mary (b.1882), Claire (b.1884), Esther (1885-1969), Dorothy (b.1887), William (b.1889), Aida (1891-1970).

The family were clearly members of St Paul’s Finchley. In 1886, Frederick’s father gave £1 1s towards the building of the church, which was consecrated that same year. Then a number of his siblings were baptised as young adults by the vicar, including: on 27th March 1898, John Broderick, aged 18; on 10th March 1899, Harriette Winifred, aged 18; on 9th March 1902, Mary Priscilla, aged 20, Claire Helen, aged 18, Esther, aged 18, and Dorothy, aged 17; and on 18th February 1905, William Edward, aged 16. On each occasion the family’s address is listed in the baptism register as: Dalkeith, Ballards Lane, Finchley. Interestingly, there is no record of Frederick being baptised, though we know that he was educated at Christ’s College Finchley and then became a probationer of the Institute of Actuaries. 

On 18th September 1914, Frederick embarked for France as a Private with the Honourable Artillery Company. This suggests that he was a member of the Territorials, who were called up on the outbreak of war. He was thus an early member of the British Expeditionary Force that was sent to the Western Front. On 7th October 1915, he transferred to the London Regiment as a Second Lieutenant.

In November 1916, his battalion was deployed to Salonika and engaged in various actions including the Battle of Doiran (22nd April - 8 May 1917) in modern day Macedonia. According to an entry in the Edinburgh Gazette, dated 19th April 1917, he was awarded the Military Cross, ‘for conspicuous gallantry during a raid. He rushed the enemy trenches and pursued a party of the enemy into a swamp, where he effected the capture of six prisoners.’ Then, in June 1917, his battalion was deployed to Egypt and engaged in various actions as part of the Palestine Campaign including, the Third Battle of Gaza and the capture of Jerusalem (17 November – 30 December 1917). It seems likely that Frederick was injured in the latter action and was evacuated to hospital at Port Said, where he died of wounds.

At the time of his death, Frederick’s parents were living at Redbourne House, Redbourne Avenue, Finchley. His estate was valued at £294 2s 1d, which he left to his sister, Claire.