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Pvt Sidney Frank "Mug" Godley
Birth: Aug. 14, 1889
East Grinstead
Mid Sussex District
West Sussex, England
Death: Jun. 29, 1957
Epping
Epping Forest District
Essex, England

World War I Victoria Cross Medal Recipient, first Private to be awarded this medal in WWI. Born in East Grinstead, West Sussex England, he served as a Private in the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers British Army. On August 23, 1914, Private Godley offered to defend the Nimy Bridge at Mons, Belgium, while the rest of the British and French armies retreated for a better defense inland. When his commanding Lieutenant had been killed, Private Godley held the bridge single-handed for two hours under heavy enemy fire and was wounded twice. He carried on his duty of defending the retreat of his comrades and in a final act, dismantled his machine gun and threw the pieces into the canal. He attempted to crawl to safety, but advancing German soldiers caught and took him to a prisoner of war camp. His wounds were treated and he remained in the prison camp until the Armistice. For most prestigious gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal from the King, at Buckingham Palace, in 1919. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Loughton Cemetery
Loughton
Epping Forest District
Essex, England
Plot: Section F Grave 3051
 
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Originally Created by: K
Record added: Jun 30, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9018357
Pvt Sidney Frank Mug Godley
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Pvt Sidney Frank Mug Godley
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Pvt Sidney Frank Mug Godley
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Rest in peace old chap.
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