GOOD [E], John

No. 12872, Private, John GOODE
Aged 19

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action presumed on Saturday, 8th May 1915

John Good was born on 7th July 1895 in Iken (near Snape) (Plomesgate Q4-1895 4A:895), son of William Thomas and May Henrietta GOOD (née BUCKINGHAM). His surname is spelt with or without the 'E', the Army tending to use the 'E'.

In 1899 he was admitted to Iken Primary School.

1901 census...Aged 6, he was at "The Decoy House" Iken with his father William GOOD [34] gamekeeper born Orford; his mother May [30] born Orford; brothers Edward [8], William [3] and Alfred [7 weeks] all born in Iken; his grandmother, widow Julia BUCKINGHAM [67] born Sudbourne and aunt Maud BUCKINGHAM [28] born Orford. Brother George [10] was with his grandparents George W and Ellen GOOd at The Broom, Gedgrave.

1911 census...Aged 15, a horsekeeper, he was at Mill Lane, Icklingham, lodging with Carlos MASTON, a corn miller and Eleanor Mary MASTON and their family. His mother was at Millfeild Cottages, Orford, visiting his grandfather George William GOOD and grandmother Ellen GOOD with John's siblings George [20] [painter] born Orford, [William] Cecil [13] and Alfred [10] both born Iken. Brother Edward was boarding with Frederick and Rose HEATH in Henley on Thames.
Father, William Thomas GOOD was lodging with Robert PECHEY [26] a carpenter, and his wife Minnie PECHEY in Barton Mills. This seems to be the only documentary evidence so far of the family connection with Barton Mills.

The pension card still has the family moving around frequently. Firstly his mother is recorded at Breeds, Great Waltham, Essex, then she seems to have died and father was at Holcombe End, Painswick, Glos, before moving to the Keeper's Cottage, Moland Bridge, Coventry

Three brothers died in the war, John, his brother George William, 8th Bn., Suffolk Regiment ( on Orford war memorial) and William Cecil, 9th Bn., Suffolk Regiment see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The 8th May 1915 was as a new dawn for the 1st Suffolks. At 10 am the storm broke and a determined attack began against the point of the Ypres Salient. The battle for Frenzenberg Ridge had begun. Shells, machine gun fire, mortars, gas shells, the entire inventory of destructive power available to the Germans was let loose. All communication lines were cut, roads became impassable. The enemy made a breach in the right right flank and before noon the Battalion had been overwhelmed. Casualties amounted to over 400. Some time later when a draft of new men arrived from Felixstowe they were met by 2 officers and 27 men, survivors from the trenches that day, later added to by a few stragglers
CWGC show 94 killed and not one has an identified grave, all are named on the Menin Gate in Ypres

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Good is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres panel 21

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