Roman Road Neighbourhood 10
Sidney Godley Commemorative Plaque
Digby Street, Bethnal Green, E2
Godley VC House in Digby Street is named after Sidney Godley
to commemorate the heroism of private Sidney Frank Godley V.C
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
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.
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