Hugh James Goodier, Private 307173, Army Service Corps
Died of illness 19th July 1919 in Macclesfield, aged 40
Hugh James Goodier was born in Macclesfield and baptised on 13 August 1879 at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Sarah Elizabeth and Henry Goodier, a wood turner. In 1881, one-year-old Hugh was living at 1 Boden Street, Macclesfield with his parents, eleven-year-old brother Thomas Henry, and maternal uncle, thirteen-year-old William Buckley.
In 1891 the family had moved to 19 Boden St and also included Harry (9), Ellen (7), Esther (5), Emily (3) and Fred (1). Ten years later in 1901, the family was at the same address and Hugh, then aged 21, was employed as a butcher’s assistant.
Hugh married Emily Massey at Christ Church on 24 May 1903; he was then working as a butcher and living at Waterloo Street. The electoral register of 1905 lists Hugh at 6 Crompton Road – at that time women did not have the vote and so his wife was not listed. The following year the family would have been living with Hugh at 33 Newton Street, but by 1909 the address was 50 Water St, and the 1911 census shows the family had moved again, to 6 Waterloo Street West, close to Christ Church. By this time the couple had four children (one had died): Edith (7), Hugh James (6), May (3) and Henry (11 months).
Hugh attested in Macclesfield on 30 August 1916 and was mobilised for service on 5 March 1917. He did not serve overseas, instead serving with the 312th Company of the Royal Army Service Corps. While he was serving, Hugh’s eleven-year-old daughter May died of pneumonia in Macclesfield on 17 November 1918.
Private Goodier became unwell in Cardiff during November 1918 and was diagnosed as suffering from “malignant disease of pharynx.” He was permanently discharged on 1 February 1919 as no longer fit for war service and was later awarded a silver war badge (for soldiers discharged due to ill-health).
Hugh was admitted to Macclesfield Infirmary on 14 July 1919 suffering from a growth in the throat and died five days later. His death was announced in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 25 July 1919:
DEATHS: GOODIER – on July 20, at the General Infirmary, Hugh James Goodier, aged 40.
The burial of Hugh Goodier was reported in the Macclesfield Times on the same date:
INTERMENTS AT THE CEMETERY: GOODIER – July 23rd, at the General Infirmary, Hugh James Goodier, aged 40 years.
Private Hugh Goodier is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery, in grave ref G.5671.
In Macclesfield, Private Hugh Goodier is not known to be commemorated on any war memorial.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Deaths
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers: St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers: Christ Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Service Records 1914-1920
WWI Silver War Badge Records (Ancestry)
Macclesfield Times: 25 July 1919
Macclesfield Advertiser: 25 July 1919