Ralph James Goodman
Ralph James Goodman was born in Hornsey, Middlesex, on 25 January 1885, the third son of William Henry Goodman and Ada née Gazeley. By 1901, the family were running the grocer's shop at the top of the village green in Frampton. In 1907 Ralph and his next eldest brother, William, sailed on the Lake Erie from Liverpool to St John, Canada, with the intention of settling in Calgary, respectively a labourer and a baker. Two years later, having returned at some stage, both brothers made a similar journey on the Empress of Ireland, this time described as Canadians, and Ralph a grocer.
On 6 November 1915 Ralph, then a baker, voluntarily attested for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Calgary. Although the date of his posting to France is not known, he was one of the 1,145 Canadian soldiers who returned to Canada from Liverpool on 28 October 1917 under 'Special Authority'. His unit was the Canadian Army Service Corps, so it is very likely that Private Goodman worked at his trade to feed the troops.
On 25 September 1918 Ralph arrived in London from Montreal on the Canadian Pacific ship Corsican, giving his occupation as baker, his destination Seaford (Sussex), and his country of permanent residence as Canada. This journey was clearly for his marriage, registered in Eastbourne in late 1918, to Ethel Maud Carr. Ralph and Ethel lived in Frampton during the 1920s, but later moved away. Ralph James Goodman died in the Norton Radstock district of Somerset in 1954. His service during the war is commemorated on the plaque in Frampton Village Hall.