Jacob Jonas Godwin
Jacob Jonas Godwin was born in Minety, Wiltshire, on 16 June 1874, the son of John Godwin, a licensed victualler, and Emma Westwood née Kent. His father ran the Vale of the White Horse Inn in Minety where Jacob spent his childhood. Jacob married Myra Highnam in 1903 with whom he had three daughters: Jessie, Muriel and Joyce. On 2 April 1911 the family were living on Jersey, Channel Islands, where Jacob worked as a cowman but Myra died shortly afterwards.
Jacob served as a driver (equivalent to private) in the Royal Engineers entering France on 29 August 1915. At the end of the war he transferred to the Army Reserve and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
In the 1918 electoral registers for Frampton, Jacob was listed as an absent voter at Beehive Cottage where he would have been the tenant of William David Daw. By the autumn of 1919 he was back in Frampton and thought to have been living in the present-day Falfield Cottage part of the building. On 21 October 1921 Jacob married again, to Ellen Elizabeth Jones, giving his occupation as a horse driver, perhaps an indication that during the war he may well have driven horses rather than motor vehicles. He and Ellen later lived on The Green. Jacob Jonas Godwin was buried in St Mary's churchyard on 6 January 1944. His war service is commemorated on the plaque in the village hall.