James Fletcher Goodall (1870–1954)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 30315  

James, born in about 1870 at Codnor, the son of a publican, was one of the oldest individuals listed on the Roll. He had attested for service with the Grenadier Guards on 31 December 1892 and spent three years with the Colours then nine years with the Reserve. He was transferred to the Reserve on 31 December 1895 and was discharged from the army by purchase on 16 February 1899. He married Alice Taylor in 1896, lived in the Fritchley area where he worked as a lime burner at Bullbridge limeworks. He e-enlisted in the army on 23 August 1915, with the Sherwood Foresters aged forty-four.

Army Service
James Fletcher Goodall born Codnor aged 22yrs 9mo; wood turner; enlisted Grenadier Guards 4153; 31 December 1892
Height 5ft 8 ⅜; wt 140lb; dark complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair; C of E

James is recorded in the Butterly Register of those who served in WW1. He is listed as a line drawer with men who worked in the quarry and lime works.

His stepson James William Taylor is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Goodall Head 30 Lime burner Codnor
Annie Goodall wife 31   Appleby
James Goodall son 7   Derby
Thomas Goodall son 4   Fritchley
Mary Goodall daughter 2   Fritchley
Charles Goodall son 2 mo   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Goodall Head 41 Labourer Codnor
A Goodall wife 41   Ashbourne
J.W. Taylor son 18 labourer Derby
J Goodall son 14   Fritchley
M Goodall daughter 12   Fritchley
C Goodall son 12   Fritchley
Robert Goodall son 9   Fritchley
Kitty Goodall daughter 7   Fritchley

[Note: M. Goodall is Mary and C. Goodall is Charles]

1939 Register: Bull Bridge
James F Goodall b.17 March 1870; gas stoker retired
Alice M Goodall b.24 May 1870