|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria|
|School||Xavier College, Kew, Victoria|
|Address||30 Berry Street, East Melbourne, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Elizabeth Amelia Godfrey, 108 Smith Street, Collingwood, Victoria|
|Previous military service||Served for 6 months in the ranks, 6th Infantry Regiment; 12 months, 63rd Infantry; 2.6 years commissioned, 63rd Infantry.; Served as 2nd Lt, 63rd Regt, East Melbourne.|
|Rank on enlistment||Lieutenant|
|Unit name||24th Battalion, C Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/41/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Captain|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||24th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
For conspicuous gallantry and ability in command of his Comapny during the capture of portion of the Hindenburg Line, when he secured the left fank against hostile counter attacks and reorganised the garrison.
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Passchendaele, Ypres, Belgium|
|Age at death||26.5|
|Age at death from cemetery records||26|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Charles and Elizabeth GODFREY, 1 Simpson Street, East Melbourne. Native of Richmond, Victoria|
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During an attack upon the enemy line he secured the left flank against counter attacks, and, though blown down by a shell during the charge, remained at the head of his men, upon whom his coolness and courage had a splendid effect.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 189
|Family/military connections||Cousin: 5820 Pte Thomas DOLAN, 25th Bn, killed in action, 20 September 1917.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915. Promoted Temporary Captain, 8 December 1915; Captain, 8 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.
Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 7 April 1917 (uttacaria); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 8 April 1917; to Officers' Hospital, Warloy, 11 April 1917; discharged to duty, 18 April 1917. Rejoined Bn, 20 April 1917.
Awarded Military Cross.
Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.
Sniped through the head while leading his company in the attack on Broodseinde Ridge; buried by a Bn party, bn cross erected. Grave lost in subsequent fighting.Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal