Goodman, Gilbert Anthony


War Service:
Lieutenant GILBERT ANTHONY GOODMAN, late of the 1st battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died in action on 28 October 1918 while serving with 66 Squadron RAF in Italy.
Shortly after the war broke out he enlisted in the Public Schools Brigade, from which he exchanged into the Inns of Court O.T.C. He was Gazetted in December, 1914, and shortly after was ordered to France, where he took part in several engagements. Owing to being mistaken for another officer of a similar name he was erroneously reported by the War Office as being killed, and a brief notice of his career appeared in The Times of April 20th, 1917. Happily, three days afterwards this was duly corrected. Some few weeks later he received a serious wound while leading his men in a gallant assault.

Being invalided home to England, he joined the R.A.F., and was gazetted on ]uly 12th to a permanent lieutenancy in the Army, with seniority from September, 1915. After qualifying as a pilot, he was ordered to the Italian front to join ‘B’ Flight of 66 Squadron. In October 1918 the squadron had been assigned the task of destroying the enemy’s kite balloons. Nine Sopwith Camel’s flying in formations of three aircraft were generally detailed for these types of attacks, which also included the harassment of enemy forces from low altitude. Gilbert was reported “missing, believed killed” during an early morning patrol which was forced to turn back. His aircraft, Sopwith Camel E1579, was seen to be shot down in flames east of Godega airfield.

He is buried in Tezze British Cemetery near Treviso in Italy.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Blackheath Proprietary School.

He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Goodman, of the Cloisters, Temple, London and Lessness House, Belvedere, Kent. He was born in 1895, and was educated at Westminster School.

Flight Magazine 14 November 1918
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The Times

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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