The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Godfrey
First Name:
Richard Edward
Nick Name:
Teddy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7606
Classification:
Batman/Runner
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
DOB:
5.11.1919
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick James Godfrey
Mothers's Name:
Alice Marguerite Godfrey (nee Ainsworth)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Singapore Memorial, Column 136, Age 22.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
South-West Bukit Timah
Date of Death:
11.02.1942

General Description

Soldier was killed by a Japanese patrol whilst fetching water for Lieutenant V. Warhurst following his wounding at South-West Bukit Timah. Soldier had been transferred to ‘E’ Coy Headquarters, Special Reserve Battalion from ‘C’ Company No. 10 Platoon as Lieutenant Warhurst’s Batman.

 

Teddy Godfrey’s parents Frederick James Godfrey and Alice Marguerite Ainsworth married 1914 in Perth. Teddy had two sisters Christina and Joan  Frederick Godfrey enlisted and went away with WW1 troops returning in May 1918 and the couple moved to Koorda to live.   Alice filed for divorce from her husband in 1921.  She remarried about 1922 to Percival Robinson.
They were further children from this marriage Patricia and a step-brother Walter Robinson.  Teddy recorded his NOK as Percival Robinson, his stepfather.

Ted’s natural father Frederick Godfrey died in 1930 at Northam.

 

 

Teddy Godfrey’s name is included amongst the men of Quairading District WW2 Memorial

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