Brigadier General John William Godfray

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Brigadier-General John William Godfray


A photograph of Godfray as a Major in Jersey in the 1880s

John William Godfray was born in Jersey in 1850 and joined the Army 21 years later, rising through the ranks to brigadier-general. He served in Jersey during the Great War and died there in 1921

John William Godfray (1850-1921) CB, CVO, CBE, was the son of John William Godfray, Solicitor and Denonciateur, Captain RJMA, and Matilda, nee Le Gallais. He was born in Jersey on 20 October 1850 and educated at Victoria College, Cheltenham College, where he was Captain of the Rifle XI, and Sandhurst. He joined the army at the age of 21, as an Ensign, and was promoted to Lieutenant in the following month. He was promoted to Captain in 1879, his regiment being the King`s Own Scottish Borderers.

Service in Jersey

From 1882-1888 he was Quartermaster-General in Jersey, having been detailed to assist in the reorganisation of the Militia. He was promoted Major in 1888 and then he left his regiment for a period to serve as Deputy Judge-Advocate in India and Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General in Cyprus. Rejoining the King's Own Scottish Borderers in 1895 he was second in command for the Chitral Relief Expedition in the extreme north-west of India. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1896.

Boer War

In 1898 he took command of the Borderers and led them to South Africa where they fought in the Boer War until it ended in 1902. Godfray took part in Lord Roberts' march to Bloemfontein, and in 1900 was appointed Chief Staff Officer to the Seventh Division in Pretoria.

He served in Scotland until 1908, when he returned to Jersey as Assistant Adjutant General of the Militia, a post he held until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. He served through the war in Jersey, and died there in 1921.

He married Annie Julia Muntz and they had one son, John Charles Lerrier Godfray, in 1882

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