Joseph Goodall (1883–1954)


Royal Engineers 104864 & WR289448  

Photo courtesy Joy Goodall

Joseph Goodall

Private Joseph Goodall is on the original Crich Roll of Honour. The only Joseph Goodall found with local connections is this soldier who lived at Homesford, near Whatstandwell, and also at Longway Bank. Other soldiers from Longway Bank are on the Roll of Honour. There is a discrepancy over the rank recorded on the Roll and the rank of this Joseph, but there are many other instances of incorrect ranks for other men on the Roll.

Joseph Goodall was born at Middleton-by-Wirksworth in 1883, the son of James Goodall and Emma Mather. Raised at Middleton, he married Sarah Ann Frost in 1904 (she died in 1936). During his early married life Joseph lived at Wirksworth and Darley Dale before settling at Homesford, near Whatstandwell. Joseph served in the Royal Engineers and was stationed in Egypt, having been posted there in December 1915.

After the war he worked in local quarries as a stone mason, before later finding employment with the Ilkeston and Heanor Water Board, from where he retired in 1948. After the death of his first wife in 1936, he married Alice Taylor in 1940 and moved to live at Longway Bank. He passed away in 1954 and was laid to rest in Wirksworth Cemetery.

Photos courtesy Joy Goodall

Joseph Goodall
Joseph Goodall

Medal Index Record
Awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals.
Served in Egypt; entered 30 December 1915.


1891: The Lanes, Middleton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Goodall Head 44 Lead miner Middleton
Emma Goodall wife 43   Middleton
Ann Goodall daughter 20 Cotton worker Middleton
Mary Goodall daughter 15 Cotton examiner Middleton
James Goodall son 13 Cotton factory hand Middleton
Thomas Goodall son 12 Part time factory; school Middleton
Samuel Goodall son 10 Scholar Middleton
Joseph Goodall son 8 Scholar Middleton
Emma Goodall daughter 6 Scholar Middleton
George Henry Goodall son 3   Middleton
Phoebe Goodall daughter 1   Middleton

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1901: The Green, Middleton

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Goodall Head 54 Lead miner Middleton
Emma Goodall wife 53   Middleton
Mary Goodall daughter 25 Hosiery presser Middleton
Samuel Goodall son 20 Gritstone mason Middleton
Joseph Goodall son 18 Gritstone apprentice Middleton
Emma Goodall daughter 16 Hosiery factory hand Middleton
George H Goodall son 13 Cotton warehouse Middleton
Phoebe Goodall daughter 11   Middleton
Sarah E Goodall daughter 9   Middleton

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1911: Hillside, Darley Dale

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Goodall Head 28 Stonemason Middleton
Sarah Ann Goodall wife 28   Wirksworth
Gladys Goodall daughter 6   Wirksworth
Bertram Goodall son 3   Darley Dale

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1939 Register: Homesford, High Peak
Joseph Goodall 2 March 1883; general labourer waterworks
Eric J Goodall b.28 June 1913; gas engine fitter [this entry was crossed out]