Colonel Gilbert Godson Godson, DSO, DCM
1872 - 1954
Godson Godson was born in Redhill, Surrey, England on 13 August
1972. He enlisted in the Corps of Guides 0n 09 October 1899 for
service in South Africa. During the course of this campaign he was
wounded, mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Distinguished
Conduct Medal. On 02 November 1900 he was commissioned as
a lieutenant in the South African Constabulary, remaining with this
force until it was disbanded in July 1902. After serving as a Captain
in Royston's Horse during the Natal Rebellion in 1906, he came to
Canada as a civil servant and assumed the rank of Major in the
militia unit, Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.
At the outbreak of the First World War he proceeded overseas with the Canadian Army, Early in 1915, while serving as a major with 16 Battalion, Canadian Expebitionary Force (CEF), he was severely wounded, mentioned in dispatches twice and awarded the Distinguished service Order and the Order de Merite Agricole. On later promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he served with the Canadian Training Division in England and in 1916 was promoted to Colonel to command Canadian Troops London area (UK). .
On return to Canada in 1918 Colonel Godson Godson was appointed Provost Marshal, which appointment he held until 1920. He retired from the army in 1930 and passed away on 07 June 1954.
Source: Canadian Provost Corps "Silver Jubilee", 1940 - 1965, printed by Mortimer Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, May 1965.
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