Sale WW1 

Reginald (Reggie) Goodburn

Rank:2nd LieutNumber:P.I.26832
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:120 Sqn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Royal Air Force
How Died:Accidental
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Stretford Cemetery
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born on the 12th August 1899, the birth registered during the September
quarter 1899 in the Barton on Irwell R.D. - ref: 8c/709, the younger son of
John & Charlotte Mary Goodburn (nee Monkhouse).

1901 Census - 41 Lonsdale Street, Stretford.    Son - aged: 1 - born:
Stretford.    Head of household - John Goodburn - Married - aged: 32 - occ:
County Court Bailiff - born: Liverpool.    Also Charlotte M. Goodburn -
Wife - aged: 34 - born: Salford.    Plus 2 siblings and 2 other family

1911 Census - 3 Gardon Street, Lower Broughton, Salford.     Grandson -
aged: 11 - Scholar - born: Stretford.  Head of household - Margaret
Goodburn - Widow - aged: 74  - born: Ulverston, Lancashire.    Also his
father (son of Margaret) - John Goodburn -  Married - aged: 42 - occ: Clerk
at County Court - born: Liverpool.   Plus his elder brother John.

In 1911, His mother and two sisters were residing at 3 Harcourt Street,
Gorse Hill.  Listed as Head of household under the name of Mrs. Goodburn -
Married - aged: 42 - occ: Monthly Nurse - born: Salford.   Plus his two
sisters - 
Florrence Goodburn - aged: 16 - occ: Coil Winder at Electrical Works and
Ida Goodburn - aged: 9.   Charlotte had been married for 18 years and
produced 5 children.  Florence, John, Minnie (d.1898) and Reginald.

Employed as an Assistant Buyer at Messrs. Herbert Whitworth Ltd, 115
Princess Street, Manchester.

W.O.363 - Enlisted into the 16th Bn. of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at
Manchester on the 7th January 1915 stating that he was aged 19 years and 5
months. (In fact, he was born on 12 August 1899 and so was only 15 years
and 4 months of age}.   His address was given as 8 St. Hildas Road, Old
Trafford and his occupation that of Student.   His height was recorded as 5
feet 9½ inches - chest 36/39 inches with 3 inch expansion - weight 154 lb
and of good physical development.  Promoted to Sergeant on the 16th April
1915, at age 15 years, 8 months and 5 days old.   When his true age was
discovered he was discharged from the Army on the 19th November 1915, under
King's Regulation 392 (vi) "Having made a mis-statement as to age on
enlistment" (remarkably, he got away with it for nearly 2 years !!!). 

On reaching the age of 18 years he was given a Cadetship in the R.A.F. and
sent first sent to 1 Officer Cadet Wing on the 27th October 1917. Next he
was sent to No.5 School of Military Aeronautics at Denham on the 5th
January 1918 and then onto 68 Training Sqn at Stoke Denham. on the 10th
March 1918.    Drafted to 19th Wing on the 13th May 1918 and into 120 Sqn
at Cramlington and then onto 52 Training Sqn at Catterick.

According to his relative Stuart Jones' website - see 
Reggie was flying a RE8 aircraft (C2394) at the time.  He was making a flat
turn in the aircraft at 100 feet when he nose-dived and crashed to his

Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on the 1st April 1918.

He was on his last course prior to going to the front when he was killed in
a flying accident at the Aerodrome, Newcastle upon Tyne.   Buried
13/08/1918 - Burial No. 8,363.

At the time of his death, his elder brother - Captain J. Goodburn M.G.C.
was a POW in Germany.  His death was reported in the 13th August 1918
edition of the Altrincham Guardian.

His mother's address at Ashton on Mersey has been crossed out on his RAF
record and substituted with 140 Wellington Road, Rhyl, North Wales.

His father, John died 17/08/1934 aged 66 years and his mother, Charlotte
Mary died 05/12/1936 aged 71 years.

Memorials found on:
Similar Names