John Thomas Goodall
Private PO/183(S) - Royal Marine
Light Infantry Portsmouth Bn. R.N. Div.
Enlisted: 8th September 1914
Killed in Action Dardanelles 6th May 1915 : Aged 33
Helles Memorial, Panel 2 to 7
Private PO/183(S) John Thomas Goodall was born 8th June 1888 in Hucknall Huthwaite. Parents 1865 Q1 registered marriage between coal miner Mr Samuel Goodall from Sutton and Miss Matilda Stringfellow from Hucknall Huthwaite claimed their family home in Allsops Yard on Chapel Street. Later named Market Street cottage housed full household, headed 1881 by Mr Samuel Goodall 46, Mrs Matilda Goodall 40, mothering Martha 12, Ada 7, William Henry 5, Mary Matilda 2, before John Thomas.
John Thomas Goodall would not remember father. Samuel's untimely 1890 death aged 60 left a widowed mother raising children housed on Newkin Lane. But she closely neighboured her married brother John Stringfellow farming Hill Top Farm. It stood atop the future addressed Skegby Road opposite the Portland Arms, behind which John Thomas was last to leave his mothers care.
Mr John Thomas Goodall became a Coal Miner who'd forged at least one close friendship with a New Hucknall Colliery worker. Marriage registered 1910 Q2 at Mansfield with Miss Eliza Green from Stanton Hill, finds the family addressed at 60 Unwin Road, Sutton, headed 1911 by Mr John Thomas Goodall 22, with wife Mrs Eliza Goodall 22, mothering their 9 month old son Harold.
Pte CPO/183(S) John Thomas Goodall voluntarily enlisted for military service 8th September 1914, alongside work colleague J S Ellis. Service number indicates transferals into Kitchener's Marines. Joining the Royal Marine Light Infantry shared regimental duties with F H Crafts formerly from Huthwaite, as well as a similarly dated death through a Gallipoli campaign. Pte J T Goodall was killed in action 6th May 1915, aged 33. Naval records addressed wife Elizabeth Goodall at 28 Fairfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts., offering additional Sutton memorials Roll of Honour, beyond a Huthwaite Methodist church members plaque.
Two Huthwaite men, Private J.T. Goodall and Private J.S. Ellis, both of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, have been killed in action “near the Dardanelles”, according to the official statement. Goodall was 26, and lived in Skegby Road. He leaves a widow and one child. Ellis’s home was in Newcastle Street, and he leaves a widow and four children. He was 33 years of age , and about 13 years ago enlisted in the Lincolns, but was bought off after a few months. Both men enlisted last September.
Another Huthwaite native of the same regiment, killed at the same place, was Quartermaster F.H. Crafts, aged 40, whose home was at Sherwood. He had served 21 years, and had been a pensioner 8 months when the war broke out, and he immediately rejoined. He had several brothers at Sutton, and a sister is Mrs. A. Taylor, wife of the Chairman of Huthwaite Urban District Council.
On Sunday morning a memorial service to the three men was held in the Parish Church it was conducted by the Rev. F.N. Beswick, and was largely attended. The proceedings were most impressive, and included the recital of the Burial Service, while the hymns and sermon were of an appropriate nature. The Union Jack flew at half-mast on the church tower, and at the close of the service Mr. A. Wilders rendered the Dead March from “Saul” on the organ.
The long immunity from tragic news respecting its own soldier sons which Huthwaite has enjoyed was rudely shattered last week-end, when the news carried that three Huthwaite natives had made the supreme sacrifice in laying down their lives for their country.
The departed heroes are private J.T. Goodall, aged 26, of Skegby Road, Private J. Ellis (often known as Sheppard) of Newcastle Street, and the third is Quartermaster F.H. Crafts (40) who, though his home was at Sherwood, was born at Huthwaite and will be remembered by many people. Several brothers live at Sutton, and a sister is Mrs. A. Taylor, wife of the Chairman of Huthwaite Urban District Council.
Crafts was single and had served 21 years and had been a pensioner for a year and a half, and when the war broke out he immediately rejoined. Goodall and Ellis both joined in September last. A singular feature is that all three belonged to the same regiment (the Portsmouth Brigade of the R.M.L.I.) and were all killed under exactly the same circumstances-officially stated as "near the Dardanelles".
About 13 years ago Ellis served a few months in the Lincolns, but was bought off. He was killed on the 30th. of April, but the date of the other deaths is not stated. Unfortunately, no photograph of Ellis is available.