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William Herbert Goodspeed 1915 - 1986

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Julia Report 12 Nov 2019 17:11

i am trying to find out about the service history of my Great Uncle William Goodspeed. I am pretty sure that he served in the Second World War and have been told by a relative that he was in the Buffs. My search on here has turned up no results. I would be grateful for any help anyone can offer. Thanks in advance.


ArgyllGran Report 12 Nov 2019 21:18

WW2 records are still with the MOD, and generally not online.

For our reference, for location:

Births Jun 1915 (>99%)
Goodspeed William H Vezey Islington 1b 527

William H Goodspeed
in the 1939 England and Wales Register
Name: William H Goodspeed
Gender: Male
Marital status: Married
Birth Date: 28 Mar 1915
Residence Year: 1939
Address: "Willwyn." Bircham Road
Residence Place: Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Occupation: Metal-Polisher Mopper Bobber Heavy Worker
Schedule Number: 77
Sub Schedule Number: 1
Enumeration District: DAGP
Registration district: 195.3/E.D No 47B.68.
Inferred Spouse: Jessica W Goodspeed
Household Members:
William H Goodspeed
Jessica W Goodspeed


ArgyllGran Report 12 Nov 2019 21:21

No military records showing up for him on Ancestry or ForcesWarRecords.


KathleenBell Report 13 Nov 2019 10:54

Have a look here to see how to order his army records (they cost £30 and could take several months to arrive):-

Kath. x


KathleenBell Report 13 Nov 2019 10:55

His marriage:-

First name(s) WILLIAM H
Marriage quarter 2
Marriage year 1938
Registration month -
MarriageFinder ™

WILLIAM H GOODSPEED married one of these people

Jessica W Smith

Spouse's last name Smith
District Edmonton
District number -
County Middlesex
Country England
Volume 3A
Volume as transcribed 3A
Page number 2429
Record set England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005

Kath. x


KathleenBell Report 13 Nov 2019 10:57

In the 1939 register:-

William H Goodspeed's life in 1939
"Willwyn" Gayton Road, Southend-On-Sea C.B., Essex, England

(3 people)
First name(s) Last name(s) DOB Sex Occupation Marital status Schedule Schedule Sub Number

William H Goodspeed 28 Mar 1915 Male Metal Polisher Mopper Bobber Heavy Worker Married 77 1
Jessica W Goodspeed 05 May 1918 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 77 2
The record for this person is officially closed.

Kath. x


Julia Report 13 Nov 2019 16:13

Many thanks for the above assistance which has proved helpful.