Robert Godwin, Private 2020275, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Died 18th August 1918 in France, aged 29
Son of John and Elizabeth Ann Godwin, [formerly] of The Firs, Whirley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.
Private Godwin’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 6 September 1918:
Pte Robert (Bob) Godwin, 7th Batt Canadians, was killed in France on August 18th. He was the son of the late Mr John Godwin, of Whirley, and Mrs Godwin, Ivy Bank Cottage, Kerridge. Educated at the Modern School, Macclesfield, and Holmes Chapel Agricultural College, about eight years ago he went out to Fresno, California, fruit farming. Joining up with the Canadians at Vancouver in August 1917, he landed in England on New Year’s Day and went out to France last March. Deceased was 29 years of age.
Private Robert Godwin has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial near Arras, France. The Vimy Memorial is the great memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the First World War, and also bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France – many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge – who have no known grave.