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Stuart Godfrey


Godfrey, Stuart, enlisted in Ottawa, Ontario, originally from Brixton, Surrey, England. Medals/Honours: twice Mentioned in Dispatches (MID). Occupation: Clerk. Military Service: C.Q.M.S., R.S.M.,Reg. No. 1589, PPCLI Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “On way out put on fatigue cleaning out R.S.M.’s dugout. A shell hit it today killing R.S.M. [Regimental Sergeant-Major Stuart Godfrey],” 2:18 Apr ’16. Hodder-Williams, 185, adds that Godfrey was killed near Hooge.

Additional Biographical Information:

Born in England in 1870, RSM Godfrey had previously served in the British Army, prior to enlisting with the PPCLI in August 1914. He was promoted to Company Quartermaster in September 1914 and crossed to France with the Regiment in December. General Action: 2nd Battle of Ypres and Battle of Frezenberg. “Appointed Acting RSM 3 Nov 1915. Confirmed as RSM from 9 Dec 1915. Mentioned in Despatches LG 29422 1 Jan 1916. Killed in action when his dugout took a direct hit at Halfway House 18 April 1916. Age 46.” Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 100.

Date of Death: 18 April 1916. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Menin Road South Military Cemetery, 2 km east of Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Grave Reference: I.M.40.


Menin Road South Military Cemetery, near Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium.


Menin Road South Military Cemetery