Arthur Allen Jesse Godden was baptised in Winterbourne Came on 9th December 1894. His parents were John Jesse Godden & Annie Maria Godden.

The 1901 census shows the family living in Broadwey, Weymouth.
John J Godden Head M 42 Dorset, Portesham
Annie Godden Wife M 33 x Dorset, Portesham
William Godden Son S 15   Dorset, Dorchester
Rose Godden Daur S 10   Dorset, Dorchester
Arthur Godden Son S 7 x x Dorset, Winterbourne Came
Lillie Godden Daur S 5 x Dorset, Winterbourne Came
Henry Godden Son S 1m x Dorset, Broadwey
The 1915 Register of Electors shows John Jesse Godden (Arthur’s father) living in Stratton having recently moved from Moreton.

Arthur enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment with the number 17248. At some point he transferred to The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as Private 31705 Arthur Godden.

Private 31705 Arthur Godden is shown on the Stratton War memorial and in a hand written list (probably by Mr W J Chick of Stratton) of parishioners who served in the Great War, as serving in The Dorsetshire Regiment. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission show Private Godden as serving in 1st Battalion, The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.

During early 1917, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry took part in the Battle of Vimy (9th – 14th April), the Attack on La Coulotte (23rd April), and 3rd Battle of the Scarpe including the capture of Fresnoy (3rd – 4th May).

Arthur Godden was killed in action on 8th May 1917.

He is remembered on Bay 6 of the Arras memorial. The Bay number relates to the panel dedicated to the Regiment served with. In some instances where a casualty is recorded as attached to another Regiment, his name may alternatively appear within their Regimental Bay.
Arras Memorial – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Arras Memorial is in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, which is in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the western part of the town of Arras.

The Commonwealth section of the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery was begun in March 1916, behind the French military cemetery established earlier. It continued to be used by field ambulances and fighting units until November 1918. The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and from two smaller cemeteries in the vicinity. The cemetery contains 2,651 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

The Arras Memorial commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave.

The Broadwey Roll of Honour in the Broadwey Memorial Hall in Victoria Avenue, Broadwey also remembers Arthur Godden.
Roll Of Honour in Broadwey Memorial Hall
  He is not listed in the Dorset Roll of Honour.

His medal entitlement is the War and Victory medals.

Arthur’s parents were present at the dedication of Stratton War Memorial on 30th November 1919.
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