29329 Private Edward Godson 12th Labour Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment


Private Edward Godson



12th Labour Battalion,

South Staffordshire Regiment

later became




26th Company, Labour Corps


Edward was born in Caunton and baptised at St Andrews church on the 28th December 1884. Edward was the eldest child of his family.


His mum and dad Walter Godson and Sarah Elizabeth Godson (nee Drabble) were married at St Andrews Caunton on 14 Jan 1884.


Edward’s dad Walter was born in 1857 at Caunton.


Edward’s mum Sarah Godson (nee Drabble) was born in Caunton and according to census she was born in about 1863.


In the census of 1891 we find the family living in Caunton, Edward is described as a 6 year old scholar (education was not usually free) and his dad was described as a coachman at Beesthorpe Hall. Edward now has a sister May who is 4 years old and a brother Walter who is 1 year old and Annie who is 2 months old.


In the census of 1901 we find Edward now 16 years old employed as a ‘Groom’ at Cotham on Mr Brown’s farm.


In the census od 1911 we find Edward now aged 25 years boarding with the Burch family in Winthorpe. Edward is described as a ‘gardener’.


In 1914 Edward Godson married Florence Sarah Cree. In all probability the wedding took place at St Peter’s in Farndon where Florence was living with her family.


Florence Sarah Cree was born on August 1st 1883, and she was baptised at St Peter’s in Farndon on 22 October 1833. We believe that Florence never remarried after Edwards death and died aged 90 in 1974.