Alfred William Goodacre



Village memories: Flackwell Heath post office (picture from SWOP website)

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PRIVATE 23400 7TH BATTALION SUFFOLK REGIMENT
DIED ON 09 AUGUST 1916 AGED 26YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY
OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, SOMME FRANCE
GRAVE REF I.D.3

Alfred William Goodacre was born in 1890 in Bermondsey, Surrey (now part of London).
He was the son of George & Alice nee Speed. His father was a farrier /smith and in 1891 the family were living in Bermondsey. Alfred’s siblings listed are Alice aged 15yrs, Louisa aged 14yrs, Frederick aged 12yrs, Charles aged 7 yrs, Minnie aged 6 yrs, and Ethel aged 2yrs Alfred is 1 yr old. His oldest sister is already employed as a domestic servant.
There is a baptism of three of their children in April 1887 at St Mark’s in Camberwell, Charles James, Minnie Rose, and strangely a son named Alfred William! Research shows that this child probably died in 1888 aged 1 yr and when our Alfred was born in 1890 the parents named him after the child they had lost. This was common in these times. Also odd is that the person performing the ceremony was an Alfred R. Goodacre, he may have been a relative.
In 1901 Alfred was living with his uncle and aunt in Dullingham, Cambridgeshire and he was now 11yrs old.
In 1911 Alfred is still living with his uncle William Sealey and his wife in Dullingham. Alfred is now a farm labourer. The couple had no children of their own. Alfred seems to have been in the regular army and probably with the Grenadier Guards no 14697 until at least 1910. He was described as 5’9” tall, with hazel eyes and light brown hair.
His mother Alice is given as next of kin. This suggests that his father had died.
During WW1 Alfred was with the Suffolk Regiment and saw action in France. He died during the struggle to claim the French village of Pozieres and the ridge on which it stands. This engagement was during the middle stage of the Battle of the Somme. The village was critical to the German defences. The British and Australian troops fought hard to gain control and had taken Pozieres by 23 July 1916, but the Germans were determined to regain control and the intense fighting continued. There were many casualties and it was during this time that Alfred was killed. His name is also on the Dullingham War Memorial.
The last address for his parents is given as Flackwell Heath. His sister Ethel May Goodacre died in the district in 1973 aged 85yrs. There is also an Alice Goodacre who died in 1932 aged 80yrs in the Wycombe District, this could be his mother.




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