Walter Hugh Godsal was born in 1883 in Sturminster Marshall in Dorset. He was the son of Philip T and Ellen H Godsal of Isycoed Park Whitchurch, Shropshire. The census of 1901 lists him as a student in Sandhurst Royal Military College, Berkshire. The next census of 1911 records him as a Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry aged 28 at Hyderbad Barracks in Colchester.
UK soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details as above and tells us that he had been awarded the DSO and the M.C.
There is an index card for him in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. It confirms the regimental details as above and his awards adding also that he was mentioned in Dispatches 4 times. The card tells us that he had served from January 1902. He was wounded at Villier Charlonville and died of his wound s 4 days later in Amiens. The card was signed by his father on 10th February 1920.
His brother Alfred Edmund Godsal was also killed in the war and is named on Isycoed’s Memorial. He has his own page on this website.