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Godsill, Stanley

We regret to announce the death of Stanley Godsill, who was killed in action in Palestine on the 23rd December, 1917.

Stanley Godsill was educated at Berkhamstead School, where he was a good athlete and a keen member of the school O.T.C.

On leaving school in April, 1914, he entered Guy's Hospital as a Medical and Dental Student. After completing eighteen months at the Hospital he joined the London University O.T.C. and was immediately granted a commission in the London Irish Regiment. After seeing active service in France, Salonika and Egypt, he was finally sent to Palestine in 1917. Here he saw severe fighting, taking part in the engagements that led to the capture of Jerusalem, and was with the troops who subsequently entered.

He was killed in action on 23rd December at the age of 21. In the words of his General. "He was a very fine young officer of the very best type, who died leading his men with unflinching gallantry and devotion. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)Stanley
Date of birth1896
Place of birthHendon District
Family detailsSon of Richard Collis and Edith E. Godsill, of 18, St. Andrew St., Holborn Circus, London
Previous educationBerkhamstead School
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1914
Dept / courseMedical and Dental
Military unitLondon Regiment (London Irish Rifles), 2/18th Batt.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders July to Dec. 1916;Salonika and Palestine Dec 1916 to Dec 1917.
Date of death23 December 1917
Age at death20
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathAbout six miles north of Jerusalem
Cause of deathKilled in action attacking a hill
Burial placeJerusalem War Cemetery, Israel (CWGC); Kherbet Adassy (London Univ. OTC)
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London O.T.C. 1914-19

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