Henry Goundry, Private, 32141, Durham Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion. He was killed in action October 15, 1916.
He was born in Bolam and we think he may be the son of John and Julia (née Wyld) Goundry, Farmer at Bolam. In the 1901 census he is entered as Harry, age 6.
Joyce Malcolm has found this family in the 1911 census living at Woodham Farm, Ferry Hill in 7 rooms:
John Goundry, age 58, Farmer, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Julia Jane Goundry, age 51, married 27 years, 9 children, born Luttering, Co. Durham
Joseph Walker Goundry, age 25, Working at home on farm, born Bussel Monk, Heighington
John Oliver Goundry, age 23, Working at home on farm, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Frederick William Goundry, age 21, Working at home on farm, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Cicely Mary Goundry, age 19, Working at home, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Norah Jane Goundry, age 18, Working at home, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Henry Goundry, age 16, Working at farm, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Ralph Stanley Goundry, age 13, at school, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Frank Goundry, age 11, at school, born Bolam, Co. Durham
Percy Goundry, age 8, at school, born Bolam, Co. Durham.
Henry Goundry enlisted 10 December, 1915. He was 19 years 5 months old, 5' 5" in height and weighed 134 lbs. His physical development was good, and despite double flat foot he stated that this gave him no trouble. His next of kin was his mother, Julia Jane Goundry, who now lived at Cockton Hill, Bishop Auckland. Henry was approved as fit for general service and first joined the 4th DLI, regimental number 32141. Henry was at Seaham from 3 May, 1916 to 2 August, 1916 and then joined the Expeditionary Force 1 September 1916 as part of the2nd DLI.
Henry was reported wounded and missing October 15, 1916.
Henry was not married and had no children. On the Statement of Relatives sheet in his records, Henry's father was dead. His mother, Julia Jane, lived at 3, Cleveland Street, Cockton Hill, Bishop Auckland. His brother, John Oliver, was 32, at Woodham Farm, Rushyford, Frederick William, 30, at Woodham South Farm, Ralph Stanley, 21, at Cockton Hill,Frank, 19, Percy, 17, at Cope Law, Woodham, Aycliffe. His sisters were Cecily Mary Kendall, 25, at High Street, Aycliffe, and Norah Jane Pearce, 23, at Middridge House.
Henry's grandparents were dead. His nephews and nieces were Gertrude Mary Kendall, 4, of Aycliffe, Elizabeth Ellen Goundry, 2, and John Goundry 11/2, Annie Stephenson Pearce, 10 months. His aunts and uncles were Thomas John Wyld of Bishop Auckland and William Watson Wyld of Australia.
Henry is commemorated at Thiepval, Pier and Face 14A and 15C.
Henry Goundry. Courtesy Mrs Hodge, whose grandmother was Cicely Mary Goundry, who had married Robert Kendall in 1914.