Thomas Goode

Medals awarded

  • Member of the Order of the British Empire
  • Queens South Africa Medal
    Clasp: Belfast
    Clasp: Diamond Hill
    Clasp: Johannanesburg
    Clasp: Driefontaine
    Clasp: Paaderburg
    Clasp: Relief of Kimberley
  • Kings South Africa Medal
    Clasp: South Africa 1901
    Clasp: South Africa 1902
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-1919
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Thomas Goode is one of an intriguing generation of soldiers who witnessed the Boer War, the First AND Second World Wars.  The changes in tactics, environment, attitude and equipment that took place during the years he served were immense.

Born 27th of January 1880, Thomas was the son of Sergeant Valentine Goode, who also served with the Yorkshire Regiment. He enlisted in Richmond on the 27th of August 1897.
Being a first-rate rifle shot he devoted himself to musketry and became an instructor. He served throughout the Boer War with the 1st Battalion.

In 1905 Goode married Mary Agnes Grace Dobinson.

In 1914 he was with the 1st Battalion in India, but Goode’s medal record indicates he was serving in France sometime after 1915. He became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s).

On 3rd June 1919, Goode was awarded the MBE in recognition of his services in connection with the war in India. He retired, having reached the rank of Captain, in 1920, but served once more during the Second World War.