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GODSELL Kenneth Bruce Lt-Col( c1893-1959)

Times Obituary Saturday August 8 1959


Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Bruce Godsell DSO, MC chairman of the Stroud Brewery Company and a member of an old established brewing family, died at his home on Thursday in Minchinhampton. He was 66. Godsell was instrumental in founding the Stroud Show Society, of which he was president.


Advert also appeared on same date

Godsell – On August 6 1959 at Scar Hill, Minchinhampton, Lt. Col Kenneth Bruce Godsell DSO MC (late RE) dearly loving husband of Freda and loving father of Jack Godsell and Jill Laing in his 67th year. Funeral service Stroud Parish Church Monday 19 August at 11.30. No flowers or letters please.


Times May 4 1954 advert for sale of Stratford Court by auction June 17 advert anounces auction cancelled.


Times June 22 1936

Reported as attending a Staff College Club Re-union at Camberley


Stood for Election to Stroud Urban District Council in 1928

23 March 1928 Stroud Journal included a pen picture and photograph

Major Kenneth Bruce Godsell of Stratford Court, Stroud has recently retired from the Army after a distinguished career as an officer in the Royal Engineers. Following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, he is taking a keen interest in local affairs, and it seems only natural that the name of Godsell should appear in the list of candidates for the Stroud Council.


Godsell was the 5th out of 18 members elected with 1160 votes and was the second highest newly elected Councillor (the first being Margaret Hills who topped the poll with 1848 votes).


Forthcoming marriage to Freda anounced in Times April 27 1920


London Gazette 3 January 1919

Capt. (actg. Maj.) K B Godsell, DSO MC to be Adjt, vice Capt TH Foster with effect 5 November 1918


London Gazette 1 January 1919

To be Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel (on retired list, reserve of Officers, Special Reserve, New Army or Territorial Force, in the case of Officers belonging to these categories, as applicable) Capt. (A/Maj.) K. B. Godsell, DSO, MC, 82 Fd Coy RE.

Times September 5 1918 report of investiture in Quadrangal of Buckingham Palace at which Major K B Godsell was awarded the DSO. This was gazetted on 28 December 1917.

London Gazette 30 October 1917

promoted from Leiutenant to Captain with Acting Rank of Major with effect from 3 November 1917

London Gazette 5 December 1916

Appointed Acting Captain whilst 2nd in Company of Company, with effect from 26 August 1916

London Gazette 14 September 1915 award of Military Cross

Lieutenant Kenneth Bruce Godsell, 17th Field Company, Royal Engineers.

For conspicuous and consistent gallantry east of Ypres between 24 April and 14 May 1915, notably when laying out wire entanglements in from of the support trenches on 7th May within 20 yards of the enemy, who were occupying our front line trenches”


London Gazette 21 January 1913

appointed Second Leiutenant in Royal Engineers in a long list of gentlemen cadets from the Royal Military Academy and Royal Military College. His appointment was with effect from 20 December 1912


Thursday 6 June 1935

KB Godsell listed as member of Gloucestershire Gypsies in match against Cheltenham College (bowled out for 5)

Times December 20 1909

KB Godsell listed as a member of losing team in final of Harrow House Football Competition (NB this appears be a be specific Harrow version as it refers to bases and umpires)










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