Godwin, Robert

Robert Godwin, Private 2020275, 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Died 18th August 1918 in France, aged 29

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of John and Elizabeth Ann Godwin, [formerly] of The Firs, Whirley, Macclesfield, Cheshire, England.

 

WW1 SERVICE

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.

 

COMMEMORATION

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.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Robert Godwin, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Private Robert Godwin is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Macclesfield Grammar School war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times:
6 September 1918


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