Private 6828 Thomas Henry Good

Died Home on Wednesday, 4th February 1920, age 35.
Buried in Grave C. "C" 95. at Tipton Cemetery, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

South Staffordshire Regiment, Depot Bn.

Born: Hednesford, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 12th August 1914.
Medal entitlement: 1914 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because his grave was found in Tipton Cemetery.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/395343/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Thomas Henry Good (without e) registered June quarter 1885 in Cannock.

1891 Census
4 Lower Green, Tipton, Staffs.
John Goode (32, General Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Mary Ann (30, born Tipton), and their 5 children: Eliza (10, Scholar, born Tipton), John William (8, Scholar, born Hednesford), Thomas Henry (6, born Hednesford), Samuel Charles (2, born Tipton), and Emmanuel (9 weeks, born Tipton).

1901 Census
2 Queens Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Eliza E. Goode (71, Widow, born Oldbury), also her grand-son: Thomas Goode (16, Link Labourer (Chain making), born Hednesford).

1911 Census
Valley Villa, Hockley, Wilnecote, Staffs.
Living with his Uncle Henry Parkes (52, Colliery Winder, born Bloomfield), and Aunt Ruth Parkes (49, born Tipton) was their nephew: Thomas Goode (26, No occupation, born Hednesford).

Death of Thomas H Goode (with e) registered March quarter 1920 in Dudley, age 35.

Personal Data

Thomas was a pre-war regular soldier, according to his Silver War Badge Roll he enlisted on 23rd June 1903. Thomas's service is a little complicated as the Medal Roll shows that he served with the 2nd and 7th Battalions of the South Staffs, but we do not know the dates. He was one of the first soldiers to land in France, on 12th August 1914, certainly with the 2nd Battalion, South Staffs as the 7th Battalion had not been formed. He would potentially seen action at the Battles of Mons, Marne, Aisne, First Ypres, Festubert and Loos.

In the Tipton Herald of 1st July 1916 he is reported wounded, this was likely to have been received in the general area of Loos with the 2nd Battalion whose first action at the Somme was in Delville Wood from mid-July. The 7th Battalion was at that time on its way back from Egypt to the Western Front. It is possible that after recovering from that wound Thomas was assigned to the 7th Battalion.

Thomas was discharged from the army on 2nd November 1917 due to the wounds he had received. He would most likley have been back in the UK after being wounded, and would have been assigned to the Depot Battalion as he would need to be assigned to a Battalion for 'pay and rations' purposes.

Action resulting in his death

Thomas died in 1920 after being discharged from the army in November 1917, but has a CWGC headstone in Tipton Cemetery. His death was therefore considered attributable to the injuries he received during his service, and which lead to his discharge. He is shown as Depot Battalion as he would have been assigned to this unit on his return to the UK.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald July 1st 1916
Among local Soldiers reported wounded is:- Private T.H. Goode of the South Staffs Regiment.

Birmingham Daily Post 21st March 1917
The following casualties amongst warrant officers, non-commissioned officers, and men are reported under various dates:
SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE REGIMENT- Goode, 6828, Lce-Corpl., T.H., (Tipton).