Shot through the head by a machine gun bullet whilst lying on the parapet

306314 Pte James Arthur Godber from Huthwaite. A reserve stretcher bearer who served in Ireland with the 2/8th and in France with 2/6th Battalions.

James Arthur Godber was 28 years old and married to Mary. They lived at 104 Blackwell Street and James was a miner at New Hucknall Colliery. He had served in Ireland with the 2/8th Battalion where he was wounded with four bullets that were never removed. He was still serving with the 2/8th (or 3/8th) Battalion at the time of the Territorial Force Renumbering in the Spring of 1917. James proceeded in France in the summer of 1917 and was posted to the 2/6th Battalion. He was killed during the Battle of Cambrai on 2nd December 1917.

Although the letter states that “it would comfort those at home to know that he had a decent burial in a British cemetery” his body was not recovered after the War and he is Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial at Louverval. Mary died before she could received a pension.

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