Biography

Birth date: 1890
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Sliding Rock
Death date: 1963
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 77 - First World War, 1914-1918
138 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment

Francis Lister Godlee was born at Sliding Rock, South Australia during 1890. He worked as a baker before the First World War. Godlee enlisted for service at Morphetville, South Australia on 26 August 1914. He departed Adelaide aboard HMAT Port Lincoln on 22 October 1914, with the ship also carrying the unit's horses. After training in Egypt, Godlee was in active service with the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, first at Gallipoli and then as part of the Western Frontier Force in Egypt. He served for the duration of the war and returned to Australia aboard SS Port Darwin, disembarking on 25 December 1918. Francis Godlee was discharged from military service on 23 February 1919 and died in 1963.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 22 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide

Private Record

Godlee, Francis Lister (Sergeant, b.1890 - d.1963)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 138 Sergeant Francis Lister Godlee of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment covering the period August 1914 to December 1915. Collection consists of a pencil written diary describing his enlistment and voyage to Egypt on the SS Port Lincoln and provides... Maker: Godlee, Francis Lister

PR01507 (With records)

Heraldry

1914-15 Star : Private F L Godlee, 3 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

1914-15 Star. Impressed reverse with recipient's details.

REL28365.001

British War Medal 1914-20 : Sergeant F L Godlee, 3 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL28365.002

Victory Medal 1914-1919: Sergeant F L Godlee, 3 Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Victory Medal 1914-1919. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL28365.003

Digitised Collection

Diary of Francis Lister Godlee, 10 August 1914 - 23 December 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of 138 Private (later Sergeant) Francis Lister Godlee, 3rd Light Horse Regiment. This diary covers the period from 10 August 1914 to 23 December 1915.

RCDIG0000298

Timeline

Date of birth 1890
Served in 3rd Light Horse Regiment and Anzac Mounted Train. 1914 - 1918 Served in 3rd Light Horse Regiment and Anzac Mounted Train.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1914-08-26
Date of embarkation 1914-10-22
Date returned to Australia 1918-11-15
Date of death 1963