GOOD, William Cecil

No. 19808, Private, William GOOD
Aged 18

9th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds Sunday, 8th July 1917

Cecil William Good was born in Orford, Suffolk (Plomesgate Q2-1898 4A:966), son of William Thomas and May Henrietta GOOD (née BUCKINGHAM). His surname is spelt with or without the 'E'.

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at "The Decoy House" Iken with his father William GOOD [34] ganekeeper born Orford; his mother May [30] born Orford; brothers Edward [8], John [6] 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 at The Broom, Gedgrave with his grandparents George William and Ellen GOOD.

William Good was admitted to Iken Primary School in 1902, however the birth date is given as 28th December 1897, which appears to be a delay in registering the birth unless there were two William Good around at the time. The problem is the common changing of the order of forenames.

1911 census...Aged 13, he was with his mother, at Millfield Cottages, Orford, visiting his grandfather George William GOOD and grandmother Ellen GOOD with his siblings George [20] [painter] born Orford, and Alfred [10] born Iken. Brother Edward was boarding with Frederick and Rose HEATH in Henley on Thames. Brother John, aged 15, a horsekeeper, was at Mill Lane, Icklingham, lodging with Carlos MASTON, a corn miller and Eleanor Mary MASTON and their family.
Father, William Thomas GOOD was lodging with Robert PECHEY [26] a carpenter, and his wife Minnie 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, William, his brother George William, 8th Bn., Suffolk Regiment ( on Orford war memorial), and John, 1st Bn., Suffolk Regiment see here

He enlisted in Newmarket.
With no service records available it is impossible to be certain exactly where or when William was wounded. The battalion spent the first week of July 1917 in the St Elie area, no attacks made or defended and less than 6 wounded or killed each day. He died at No. 33 Casualty Clearing Station in Bethune.

photo: Rodney Gibson

photo: Rodney Gibson

William Good is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, grave 6:F:38

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