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Droitwich WWI hero's name to be added to town war memorial

Droitwich Editorial 14th May, 2014 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016   0

THE NAME of a Droitwich soldier who fought in the First World War will now be put on the town’s memorial in Victoria Square.

It followed a campaign by the niece of Pvt William Henry Goddard, who was born on November 3, 1897, at St Nicholas’ in Droitwich.

She contacted us earlier this year and we approached Droitwich Town Council, which has now confirmed the soldier’s name will now be put on the memorial after the authority acquired all the information needed to proceed with the engraving.

On his birth certificate it is detailed that his dad was William Goddard, a saltmaker, and his mum was Sarah Ann Goddard nee Crump. He was the pair’s eldest son.

And, according to the records Christine found, Pvt Goddard G/4501, served with the 13th Batallion of the Royal Fusiliers and died on December 10, 1915, aged 18, in Hannescamp’s, France.

Christine said: “I think it’s wonderful news – it is what he deserved after serving his country and making the sacrifice he did.

“Now, we will be able to go to Droitwich on Remembrance Sunday each year to remember him.

“I can’t thank Droitwich Town Council clerk Pam Craney enough and The Standard for highlighting the issue.”

We helped Mrs Brogan with her campaign by raising the issue earlier this year. s

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