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Eddie Goddard

Rank: Private

Reference: S?11062

Private Eddie Goddard of the Gordon Highlanders (Scout Section) who lived at 16 Warwick Road was wounded in the face by shrapnel on 7 May 1917 and was treated in the No 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne.

According to a report in The Surrey Comet dated 30 May 1917, he was an old boy of Elmhurst School, Kingston and was “well known in local sport” being a keen hockey player at school and a member of the Hampton Wick Cricket Club and Teddington Hockey Club. Before moving to Hampton Wick the family appeared to have lived at 17 High St, Kingston. Private Goddard had joined up in September 1914 leaving the London and South Western Bank Ltd (Fenchurch branch) having previously been employed at their Twickenham branch.

He had originally enlisted into the Dragoon Guards but later was transferred into the Gordon Highlanders. He had relinquished the rank of corporal and the safer position of quartermaster for the role of Battalion scout at the Front. Private Goddard was sent to France in January 1917. He received his wound leading his Battalion to their position.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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