James Goodall, Junior (aka James William Taylor)


Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 1413 5th Battalion

Photo courtesy Lynne Ablard

James Wiliam Taylor

On the Roll of Honour in Crich Parish Church, James's name is given as 'James Goodall', alongside his step-father 'James Goodall (Senior)'. He is listed as Sapper which would be the Royal Engineers Regiment not the Foresters.

James William Taylor was born at Derby on 15 September 1893. He was the son of Alice Taylor. In 1896, Alice married James Fletcher Goodall at Codnor, Derbyshire, and they soon settled at Fritchley. During his youth, James was known by his step-father's surname of Goodall. He was working as a coal miner at Oakerthorpe when he attested for service with a volunteer battalion of the Sherwood Foresters in May 1911 aged seventeen. As a volunteer, he was embodied for service at the very start of the First World War in August 1914. He was posted to France in February 1915, though returned home in July of the same year. He was discharged on 16 May 1916. 

After the war, James returned to his occupation as a coal miner. He married Agnes Ellen Smith of Fritchley in 1918 and they lived at Hill Top, Fritchley, for many years. They had three sons. James William Taylor passed away on 15 October 1969, aged 76 years. He is interred in the Parish Cemetery at Crich.

Medal Roll Index Cards
James Goodall was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
Entered France 25/2/15
Discharged 16/5/16

Army Pension Record
James attested 8 May 1911 at Belper, aged 17 years 3 months, a single collier at Wingfield Manor Colliery. His address was Park View, Fritchley and he was 5ft 8½in tall. His parents were given as James William and Alice Taylor, of Bull Bridge.
His service was from 17 May 1911; discharged 16 May 1916 under Para 392 (xxi ) K.R. (termination of first period of engagement).
1912 Annual training
1913 Annual Training
5/8/14 Embodied Service
17/5/11 to 28/2/15 Home
1/3/15 to 22/7/15 Expd. Force France
23/7/15 to 16/5/16 Home
29/2/16 Posted from 1/5

Newspaper Report

Ripley & Heanor News 12 March 1915
We understand that Pte. James Goodall, who was, along with Cpl. Large, responsible for the gallant deed of removing a fire bomb dropped by German aircraft at Braintree recently, is a native of Bull Bridge, and before enlistment worked at the lime kilns.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Goodall Head 30 Lime burner Codnor
Annie Goodall wife 31   Appleby
James Goodall son 7   Derby
Thomas Goodall son 4   Fritchley
Mary Goodall daughter 2   Fritchley
Charles Goodall son 2 mo   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
James Goodall Head 41 Labourer Codnor
A Goodall wife 41   Ashbourne
J.H. Taylor son 18   Derby
T Goodall son 14   Fritchley
M Goodall daughter 12   Fritchley
C Goodall son 12   Fritchley
Robert Goodall son 9   Fritchley
Kitty Goodall daughter 7   Fritchley

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