William Goodwin (1896–1959)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 58637 3rd Battalion

Photos courtesy of Nick Goodwin

photo of William Goodwin in WW1

William was born in about 1897 in Heage, the only child of William and Rachel Ann Goodwin. His father was a colliery worker and he was a farm worker. The family moved from Heage to Park Head, Crich from where William attested in December 1915 at Derby. He was mobilised in August 1916 and entered France in December of that year. In April 1917 he was discharged as being no longer fit for military service and returned to live at Brown Lane Farm in Ashover. He was awarded the Silver War Badge and his army record stated that he was a sober and trustworthy soldier.
William and subsequent generations farmed at Cunnery Farm in Tansley. William Goodwin married Ellen Kershaw in 1937 (Bakewell reg district)

William Goodwin and friend in WW1

William Goodwin (seated) with friend and fellow Forester Richard (Dick) Jackson

Medal Index Record
Enlisted 11/12/15 to 11/8/16
Discharged 23/4/17 para 392 (xvi) KR

Silver War Badge
58637 Pte Goodwin William, Badge number 1655000, attested 11/12/15, mobilized11/8/16, discharged 23/4/17, sickness, served abroard

Army Pension Record
William Goodwin attested 11 December 1915 at Derby; approved 12 August 1916 at Derby. He was aged 19 year 5 month a single quarryman with height 5ft 8in. His address was Park Head Crich and next-of-kin William Goodwin (father) of Park Head. He had dark hair and hazel eyes.
11/12/15 Attested
12/12/15 To Army Reserve
11/8/16 Mobilized
14/8/16 Posted,
14/12/16 Expeditionary Force
28/12/17 Posted
13/2/17 Posted
23/4/17 Discharged no longer fit for military service
At discharge he was aged 20 years, height 5ft 10in; intended place of residence Brown Lane Farm, Milltown, Ashover; sober and trustworthy.


1901: Pickard Lane, Heage

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Goodwin Head 34 Colliery labourer Wessington
Rachel Ann Goodwin wife 32   Kedleston
William Goodwin son 4   Heage

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Goodwin Head 43 Colliery labourer Wessington
Rachel Ann Goodwin wife 41   Kedleston
William Goodwin son 15 Farm worker Heage

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1939 Register: Cunnery Farm, Tansley
William Goodwin b.11 April 1896; farming on own account
Ellen Goodwin b.7 June 1907
Rachel A Goodwin b.21 February 1869; widowed
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