Private 20074 Richard Goode

Killed in Action on Monday, 27th August 1917, age 35.
Commemorated on Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

9th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment (Pioneers). Pioneer Battalion of 23rd Division.

Son of Richard and Alice Goode, of Tibbington Buildings, Toll End, Tipton; husband of Mary Ann Goode, of 3 House, 1 Court, Ballfields, Horseley Heath, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/840206/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Richard Goode registered June quarter 1882 in Dudley.

1901 Census
4 Lewis Street, Tipton, Staffs.
William Bradley (41, General Labourer, born Bewdley), his wife Alice Bradley (39, born Tipton), Alice's 2 children from her first marriage: Richard Good (20, General Labourer, born Tipton), and Fannie Good (17, Marine Sorter, born Tipton), and William and Alice's 2 children: Lillie Bradley (9, born Tipton), and Lizzie Bradley (1, born Tipton).

1911 Census
2 Court 5 House, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
Boarding with Benjamin and Fanny Hunt and their 3 daughters was:
Richard Good (30, Tube Worker, born Tipton).

Marriage of Richard Goode and Mary A. Power registered June quarter 1913 in Dudley. A daughter, Lilian, was born on January 13th 1915, she sadly died in October 1918 aged 3. Richard's widow, Mary, re-married in 1918 becoming Mary Homer, and had 4 further children.

Personal Data

After Richard's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £5/18/10d (5 pounds, 18 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his widow and sole legatee, Mary A., in November 1917. His War Gratuity was £8/10/0d (8 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his widow in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Richard had enlisted in August 1915.

Action resulting in his death

The 9th Battalion, South Staffs (9/SS) were the Pioneer battalion of 23rd Division. They had been in the Ypres sector during 1917, having served on the Somme for the entirety of the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

On 26th August 1917, they moved to “Café Belge” Camp, about 1½ miles south west of Ypres on the Dickebusch road. The camp was described as “fair, but accommodation cramped”.

Richard Goode is shown on the Commonwealth War Graves as having been killed on 27th August 1917, but for that day the 9/SS War Diary records “No work done owing to move on 26th”. It is more likely that he was killed on the 28th August.

The 9/SS War Diary for 28th August 1917 reports:
“ ‘A’ Company on special work, digging and wiring a strong-point in front line (editor: on the Menin Road, just east of Hooge) in conjunction with 128 Field Company, Royal Engineers.
2 platoons employed, 1 carrying and 1 digging. Carrying party hindered by heavy barrage, and digging party also came in for shelling as 2 local attacks were carried out by enemy on divisional front.
Carrying party broken up by barrage. Casualties Lt. Coghlan and 4 Other Ranks reported missing, 3 Other Ranks wounded. Digging party however did 75% of work required.”

The Commonwealth War Graves records the death of Lt. CEL Coghlan, and Privates Zacariah Dixon, Richard Goode, Edward Harrison and John Holt on the 28th August, this corresponds with Lt. Coghlan and 4 Other ranks being missing.

None of the 5 men have a known grave, and all 5 are commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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