Frederick James Goddard

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Rank / Service No: Private, 5984
Died: 3rd July 1917, aged 20 years
Buried: Aire Communal Cemetery, France (Plot I, Row D, Grave 1)


Frederick was the third of 4 siblings born to Frederick James (Fred) and Constance Louisa Goddard (nee Peirce), who married in Southampton on 3 August 1891.


The family were living at 97 Pound Street, Bitterne at the 1901 Census but had moved to 38 Kingsley Road, Millbrook after the 1911 Census.


Fred was born in Shirley in 1869 and he died very young, in 1902. Constance, a midwife, was born in Southampton in 1870 and she passed away in Bath in 1947.



Constance Sarah Eliza   b. 7 May 1892 Southampton   d. ??   Married Ray McMullen in Toronto on 12 November 1919.

Helen Maude   b. 17 April 1894 Southampton   d. 1992 Bristol

Frederick James

Elizabeth Bertha   b. 1901 Southampton   d. 1924 Bath



The R.A.O.C were responsible for supplying troops with weaponary and ammunition.


On the Western Front, a highly successful logistic infrastructure, largely rail-based, was created to support the front line troops.


The exact details of Frederick’s passing are not known, but he died of wounds incurred in battle.


From March 1915 to February 1918, Aire was a busy but peaceful centre used by Commonwealth forces as Corps HQ.

The Highland Casualty Clearing Station was based there, as was the 39th Stationery Hospital (from May 1917) and other medical units.


Plot I contains burials from the above period, whilst the burials in Plots II, III and IV (rows A-F) relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th C.C.S came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within 13km of the German lines.


The cemetery now contains 894 Commonwealth WW1 burials.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd August 2016


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