Great War Fourth Battle of Ypres April 1918 casualty group awarded to Private A. Goacher, surname also spelt Goatcher, 13th Service Battalion - 3rd Southdown, Royal Sussex Regiment, who was present out on the Western Front, and was killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 21st April 1918, during what was known as the Fourth Battle of Ypres, when his battalion was in a so-called secure rest area behind the lines, and the German’s shelled the position, resulting in 20 other ranks becoming casualties.
1914-15 Star; (G-2406 PTE A. GOACHER. R. SUSS: R.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (G-2406 PTE A. GOATCHER. R.SUSS.R.)
Arthur Goacher, surname also spelt Goatcher, came from West Grinstead, West Sussex, but by the outbreak of the Great War was living in Crawley, and working as an assistant butcher, as well as being a pre-war member of the Territorial Force. Goacher then saw service as a Private (No.G-2406) with the 13th Service Battalion - 3rd Southdown, Royal Sussex Regiment. Present out on the Western Front, he was killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 21st April 1918, during what was known as the Fourth Battle of Ypres.
On this date the Germans shelled the rest camp in which the battalion was based, with 20 other ranks becoming casualties, Goacher being killed. Presumably he took a direct hit from a shell as he has no known grave, and is commemorated by name on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Goacher is also commemorated by name on thew Memorial Panel in St George’s Chapel, Chichester Cathedral. Good Very Fine