Header image Hampton Wick Remembers

Can you help?
Do you know of any Hampton Wick people who served in WWI in the field or at home? Please get in touch.

Henry Albert Goodright

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1889-1917

Reference: 25281

Private Henry Albert Goodright (25281) of the 11th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment died on 24 March 1917. He is buried at Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras. According to his entry in UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War, he enlisted in Kingston.

It is difficult to positively identify this soldier. It is likely that Private Goodright was the Henry Albert Goodright born in Surbiton between January and March 1889 (Source: Register of Birth, Death & Marriages). He first appears in the 1891 Census living at 6 Brighton Road, Surbiton with his parents, John (39) and Frances Goodright (38). He shared his home also with six elder siblings. These comprised: William J (15), garden boy; Louie Elizabeth (14), domestic servant; George R (10); Walter E (8); Lily S (6) and Laura Phoebe (4). The five younger children had been born in Surbiton. The older two were born in Long Ditton which was also the birthplace of their father.

By 1901, the residents at the family home had altered slightly. William, George, Walter and Lily are not included in the Census return. However, two younger children have appeared: Rose Frances and Daisy Isabel. Family members were continuing to move out as they grew older. In the 1911 Census only six members remained at the family residence at 3 Chelsea Villas, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton. His father worked as an engine driver at Surbiton Pumping station. Henry Albert still unmarried at 22 was an assistant at a Boot shop. Laura Phoebe (26) worked at home whilst her younger sisters, Rose Frances (19) and Daisy Isabel (17) both worked as book binders. We know of the nine children who survived. However, the 1911 Census revealed that by that date in 36 years of marriage the couple had produced ten children, one of whom had died.

The Mormon survey of marriages (English Select Marriages) reveals that Henry Albert Goodright married Rosetta Court at St Mark’s, Surbiton on 28 November 1915.

It has proved impossible to establish Private Goodright’s connection with Hampton Wick. Perhaps the couple made their marital home here.

There was, however, a branch of the Goodright family originally based in Hampton Wick. Daniel Goodright had moved to the area with his wife, Emily, by 1881 to work as a maltman. At that date the couple lived at 73 Park Road. By the time of the next Census in 1891, the couple had moved to 94 St John’s Square. Daniel was working as a stoker and the couple had produced five children: David (9); James (7); Emily (5); Arthur (3); and Thomas (1). Before the next Census in 1901, the couple had at least two more children, Frederick and Edward. Perhaps this family was related to the Surbiton Goodrights?

Daniel had died by 1901. The family moved to Teddington. David and three of his brothers set up home at 67 Stanley Gardens whilst their mother moved in with her married daughter, now Annie Shepherd, to nearby 31 Fulwell Road. In the 1911 Census, Thomas was described as employed as a golf groundsman: Frederick as a labourer and Edward as a “handyboy”. By this time another brother, Arthur (23), also a golf groundsman, appears from the Census to have been recently married to Maud Amelia Goodright and living at 35 Stanley Gardens. They had two children a daughter, Evelyn Margery on 14 April 1911 followed by a son, Albert Arthur on 25 May 1913.

A number of members of the Hampton Wick/Teddington Goodright family served in the Great War. They may be related to Henry Albert Goodright.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

Click here for more information