Thomas Mason Godfrey, Rifle Brigade

1895 May 11. Born Birmingham, Warwickshire

He attended Alcester Grammar School

1911 census at 358 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth

1911 May. He enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment, Territorial Army, at Bournemouth. He was posted to the 7th Battalion and between 1914 and 1916 served in India.

1916 Godfrey, known as Dan, joined the 15th Battalion. He served in France until 1918, and Army records note that ‘this officer was gassed on 27 May 1918 owing to his respirator being hit and rendered useless’.

1917 Oct 30 Commissioned 2nd Lt

1918/1919. He served in Germany

1920 Aug 11. Rifle Brigade. Temp. Lt. M. Godfrey relinquishes his commission on completion of service, and retains the rank of Lt.

1920 Oct 20. Joined ADRIC with service no 799. Posted to A Coy

1921 Mar 3. Promoted DI2 in A Coy.

1921 Mar 4. DI2, and Staff Officer A to Commandant of "HQ Group .

1921 Apr 29. From his name on a newspaper advert in April 1921, he was based in Cork

1921 May 31 Posted to Q Coy. Promoted to command of Q Coy

1921 Jul 2. Relinquished command of Q Coy and reverts to T/Cadet prior to move to RIC

1921 Sep 22. Promoted as Permanent Cadet in RIC. Posted DI3 to Ballaghadoreen, Roscommon

1922 Apr 30 Discharged RIC on disbandment

1926 Jul/Sep Married in Islington to Winifred A Beresford

1939 Register. He is with wife Winifred H at 25 Esher Road , Esher U.D., Surrey. He is a garage manager

1942 Aug 19: To be 2nd Lt, — Lt. Thomas Mason GODFREY (83288) and joined the 31st Middlesex Battalion, Home Guard, as Quarter-Master.

1945 he was posted to 87 Prisoner of War Camp as Quarter-Master.

Dan and Winifred both later worked for the Inland Revenue at Hinchley Wood, Surrey, before moving to Hayling Island, Hampshire, in 1968 to be near their son Robert and his young family.

1969 Jun Died Hampshire, aged 74. His widow died 11 years later at the age of 83.