Walter Hugh Godsal was born in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset on 31st March 1883 (baptised 1st May 1883), the third son of Major Philip Thomas and Mrs Ellen Henrietta Godsal of Iscoyd Park, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
After attending Eton College, he left in 1900 to enrol at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, from where he was commissioned into the Durham Light Infantry on 18th January 1902.
Walter had a glittering military career, being awarded the Military Cross in June 1915, mentioned in dispatches in June 1915, January 1916, December 1917 and May 1918 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order posthumously in June 1918.
Walter’s brother, Commander Alfred Edmund Godsal, also lost his life in the Great War.
Walter is also commemorated in the Durham Light Infantry Book of Remembrance in Durham Cathedral, the Hawarden Flintshire Roll of Honour and the Eton College WW1 Memorial.
Regiment : 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Rank : Major (acting Lieutenant Colonel)
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Died of wounds; France 26 March 1918 Aged 34
Information provided by Whitchurch Museum and Archives