Roman Road - Sidney Godley


Sidney Godley Commemorative Plaque, Digby Street, Bethnal Green, E2

 

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Godley VC House in Digby Street is named after Sidney Godley (1889 –1957) to commemorate the heroism of private Sidney Frank Godley VC, 4th battalion Royal Fusilliers who was awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding gallantry in Belgium during the First World War. In 1976 a new housing estate in Bexley was also named after Godley.  He died on 29th June 1957, aged 67and buried in Loughton cemetery with full military honours.

In 1992 Tower Hamlets Council named a block of flats "Sidney Godley VC House" in honour of the former soldier who worked as a school caretaker in the borough. The plaque can be seen form the east side of the block in Bethnal Green.

 

Sidney Godley's Victoria Cross fetches £276,000 at auction

The first Victoria Cross awarded to a private in World War I sold for £276,000 at auction (19 July 2012). Pte Godley was presented with the top military honour by King George V in 1919 after four years as a prisoner of war.