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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Henry (Harry) GOODGAME (1893–1916)

Harry Goodgame

Henry Goodgame, known as Harry, was born on 6 June 1893, the son of Thomas John Goodgame (born in New Headington in 1861/2) and Sarah Anne Horwood, known as Annie (born in Headington Quarry in 1862).

Harry’s father Thomas John Goodgame was the eldest son of Thomas & Elizabeth Goodgame, and at the time of the 1871 census was aged 7 and living with his family in Silman’s Row (later renamed Mattock’s Row) on the south side of Wilberforce Street. Harry's mother Sarah Anne Horwood was the daughter of Joseph & Annie Horwood, and grew up in Headington Quarry. In 1881, when she was aged 18 she was living with her family at East View there, and she and her mother and two younger sisters were working together as laundresses.

Harry’s parents were married at Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry on 26 April 1886 and had eight children:

  • Thomas Joseph Goodgame, recorded in baptismal register as Joseph Thomas Goodgame (born in Headington Quarry on 26 July 1887 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 9 October)
  • Emily Kate Goodgame, known as Kate (born in Headington Quarry on 22 January 1889 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 14 April)
  • Florence Goodgame, known as Addie (born in Headington Quarry on 5 February 1891 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 19 April)
  • Henry (Harry) Goodgame (born in Headington on 6 June 1893 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 27 August)
  • Violet Mary Goodgame (born in Headington Quarry on 28 May 1895 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry on 28 July)
  • George William John Goodgame (born in Headington in 1897 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 27 June)
  • Daisy Goodgame (born in Headington on 24 March 1899 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 18 June)
  • May Goodgame (born in Headington on 4 July 1902 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 7 December).

Harry’s parents began their married life in Headington Quarry, but moved to New Headington shortly before the 1891 census, when they were living at the present 83 Lime Walk, next door to the carman Daniel Goodgame, who was Harry’s uncle. Harry's father Thomas (29) was a general labourer and his mother Sarah Anne (28) was working as a laundress on her own account as well as looking after her three young children Thomas (3), Kate (2), and Florence (2 months).

Harry Goodgame was born in 1893. In 1895 they appear to have been living in Headington Quarry again.

By the time of Harry's brother George’s baptism in 1897 the family was living in Bateman Street (then East Street), and Harry’s father was working as an engine driver.

At the time of the 1901 census Harry (7) was living at 80 New High Street with his father Thomas (40), who was now a wireman with the telephone company, his mother Annie (39), and his six siblings Thomas (14), Kate (12), Addie (10), Violet (5), George (4), and Daisy (2). Harry's cousin Thomas Cooper (eleven months) was also staying with them. His youngest sister May was born the following year.

In 1911 Harry (17) was a builder's labourer, living with his parents in Bateman Street (probably No. 1), which had just been taken out of St Andrew's parish into the new parish of Highfield. His father and his brother Thomas (23) was also a builder's labourer, and his sisters Florence (20) and Violet (15) were general servants; and his younger siblings George (14), Daisy (12), and Mary (8) were still at school. Only Emily Kate (22) was not at home.

Harry Goodgame’s grave

 

Poppy In the First World War Harry Goodgame was a driver with the Royal Engineers (75th Field Company) (Service No. 44313). He died of wounds in Belgium on 7 May 1916 at the age of 23.

He was buried in the Brandhoek Military Cemetery (I. A. 13). The photograph of his grave (left) was kindly supplied by British War Graves. The inscription reads:

[Emblem of the
Royal Engineers]

44313 DRIVER
H. GOODGAME
ROYAL ENGINEERS
7TH MAY 1916

OUR DEAR HERO
PEACEFULLY SLEEPING
IN THE ARMS OF JESUS

 

This is one of the 40% of war graves that bears a personal message at the end (for which the family had to pay 3½d per letter).

 

Harry Goodgame is remembered on the roll of honour of All Saints’ Church, Highfield.

 

 

 


Postscript

Goodgame parents' gravefff

Harry’s parents
  • Mrs Sarah Anne Goodgame had moved to the present 88 Lime Walk (then numbered differently) by 1919. She died there at the age of 70 on 25 November 1932, and was buried in Headington Cemetery.
  • Thomas John Goodgame remained at 88 Lime Walk until his death on 21 November 1947, and was buried with his wife

 

 

Right: Grave of Harry's parents in Headington Cemetery. His older brother Joseph Thomas Goodgame, who predeceased his father by less than nine months, is also buried here

All Saints' board

Harry’s sister
  • Daisy Goodgame (born 1899) married Thomas Henry Harris at All Saints’ Church on 1 February 1919.

See also
  • CWGC: Goodgame, Harry
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 4 October 1916, “Heroes of the War”: photograph of H. Goodgame of Headington, who had died five months earlier (shown above with kind permission of Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire History Centre)
  • Wikipedia: Royal Engineers

Back to All Saints’ Church, Highfield roll of honour

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