Regiment : 1st Training Squadron Royal Air Force
Service number : 186809
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 6th June 1918 aged 23
Buried : Yatesbury (All Saints) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England, Grave 11.
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall.
Credits : Casualty identified and researched by Geoff Hill.
Alexandra Hotel, New Tredegar, Monmouthshire
Harold Edwin Goodwin, aged 15, Servant
Family home: 19 Bransford Road, St Johns, Worcester
George Edwin Goodwin (father), gas fitter and plumber, mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Harold was brought up in St Johns, but his RAF records shows his father George as next of kin, living at 51 Perdiswell Street, Barbourne.
Harold Goodwin commenced military service with the Army on 3rd July 1917. He joined the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) service No 342148 on 23rd March 1918 and subsequently transferred to the Royal Air Force on its formation on 1st April 1918.
He served in RAF 1st Training Squadron, based at Yatesbury, Wiltshire. RAF Yatesbury was a training centre for pilots between 1916 and 1919.
What his role was at RAF Yatesbury is not known. His civilian occupation on entry to the RAF is shown as “artist”. His rank of 2nd Class Private was the lowest rank in the Service Branch of the RAF in 1918. He may have been in support or ‘domestic’ roles such as a storekeeper, a cook or as a mess orderly (he is shown as a hotel servant in the 1911 Census).
The cause of death was noted as heart failure. This was more likely to be due to natural causes rather than injury, accident or enemy action.
The following information has been researched by Sandra Taylor:
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral with the information: 995215 Goodwin Harold T6 T.R.B.
The birth of a Harold Edwin Goodwin is registered in the December Quarter 1895 under the Worcester Registration District. The death of a Harold E Goodwin aged 23 is registered in the June Quarter 1918 under the Calne Registration District.