King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Goodison, George Harold

Private ▪ Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment

George Harold Goodison, born on 11th June 1899, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1913. He was the younger son of Frank, a manufacturer, and the family, including his mother, Eliza, his brother, Frank, and his sister, Dorothy, lived on St Agnes’ Road, Moseley.

At School, George was a Prefect, Captain of the 1st XI in 1915-16 (taking 29 wickets for 248 runs across that season) with full colours, and a solid student and mathematician. The Cricket Secretary wrote of him: “a sound bat when set with a good variety of scoring strokes all around the wicket….has bowled well throughout the season.” He also excelled at the high jump, coming second to EA White in 1913 with a height of 4 feet 6 inches, and throwing the cricket ball, winning in 1913 with a distance of 66 yards.

George enlisted as a Private Soldier in the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment. He was killed, aged nineteen, on 1st October 1918 at Zillebeke, Ypres. He is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Flanders, and is commemorated on both St Mary’s Church and St Agnes’ Church Memorials.