Rank: Private
Service No: 41045
Date of Death: 17/04/1918
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: King’s Own Scottish Borderers 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 5

Additional Information:

Born on 04-12-89 at Poplar, son of Frank Godfrey (Banner Painter) and Martha Radford. 1911: A House Agent, with his family at “Laurestinus”, George Lane, South Woodford. In 1916 he married Ann Winbolt.

When he enlisted at Flixton Park in Essex, he was originally allocated to the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, before transferring to the K.O.S.B.

The Battle of the Lys lasted from 7/29-04-18, as German Forces pursued their Spring Offensive in Flanders. There were a number of phases – or sub-battles – during this time, one of which was the Battle of Hazebrouck to the South of the British line during 12/15-04-18. There was frantic fighting to stem the German advance, and Included in this phase was the Defence of Nieppe Forest, in which 2 KOSB were deployed to reinforce the British line.

Godfrey Radford survived all of the main strategic engagements at that time. However, he was Killed in Action with one other from the battalion on 17-04-18 as local hostilities continued in that area of Ypres. Neither he nor his colleague were recovered.

Memorial: Roll of Honour: St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Reviews of the Battle of the Lys.
Qualification: Borough Resident.