Bedfordshire Association
Abbey Church of St Mary and St Helena
Sunday, 11 November 2018 in 47m (9)
1260 Plain Bob Minor
1 Sarah-Louise Ward
2 Christine A Williams
3 Barbara J Woplin
4 Susan J Matthews
5 Michael J Matthews
6 Stephen H Stanford (C)
Rung half-muffled to commemorate the life of Joseph Earnest Goddard, Sergeant 5396, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds received at Neuve Chapelle, 12th March 1915. Aged 33. Born Normanton, Yorks, enlisted Leeds. Son of Joseph Goddard; husband of Hilda Dorothy (nee Draper) Goddard (native of Elstow), married 1912 in Bedford. Served in the South African Campaign. In the 1891 census he was aged 10, born Yorkshire, a scholar, resident with his parents, Joseph and Eluma Goddard, at Altofts Terrace, Normanton, Wakefield, Yorkshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 30, born Normanton, Yorkshire, serving soldier, Sergeant, 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, unmarried, billeted at Connaught Barracks, Rawal Pindi, Punjab, India. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 7. Also commemorated on his wife's gravestone in Elstow Churchyard and on Elstow War memorial.
The QP was rung today because these details and the date of death were previously unknown. It completes QPs for all the men of Elstow killed during WW1, rung on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.
Rung immediately prior to a service that included a performance of Durufle's Requiem.

This performance is linked to the events Bedfordshire Association — Armistice Ringing and Ringing for the Centenary of the WWI Armistice .