Edmund Lawrence GOODALL
Rank: Private
Number: 2151
Unit: 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 7 August 1915
Age: 19
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Teddy Goodall was named after his father, the late Edmund Swain Goodall. His mother was Amelia Alice Goodall. He was born in Shanghai on 18 November 1895 and his mother died soon afterwards. Edmund Goodall was a ship’s captain who was lost at sea. He was brought to England by a Chinese servant and was then raised by his aunt and uncle, James and Amelia Goodall. When the 1901 Census was taken, Teddy was living with them 1 Broomfield Road, Heaton Moor.

He was educated at Rashleigh School in Heaton Moor and then at Stockport Technical School. It’s thought that he then found employment with one of the Manchester city centre cotton companies. He was a member of the Stockport Lacrosse Club and played in attack. The local newspaper reported that he showed great promise at the sport and had an unassuming and happy disposition. He was one of several Club members who joined up in the days immediately following the declaration of War on 4 August 1914. Within a month, he was aboard a ship bound for Egypt where he spent the next seven months. An account of this time is here.

He had been at Gallipoli since the beginning of May 1915 and had already survived one major attack where he will have lost many friends. His next and last time in action would be 7 August. After the attack, Teddy was posted as being missing. Nothing was heard of him again and, in June 1916, the War Office made an official presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never found and identified.

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