Mr Godbaz

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Head and shoulders studio portrait of a man in military uniform. The name written on the negative's wrapper reads ‘Godbay, Mr’. However, there are no men named Godbay on the Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database or the Archway database. From researching possible spelling variations of the name and the cap badge the man is wearing. It is believed the spelling on the wrapper is incorrect and the man depicted on the negative is thought to be a copy of a photograph of Simon Scutter Godbaz.

Simon Scutter Godbaz was born on 29 July 1887 in Nelson, New Zealand. On the AIF website Godbaz's next of kin is listed as his father, Andrew Godbaz of Nelson, New Zealand. Godbaz worked as a farrier before enlisting to serve during World War One on 19 March 1915 in Melbourne, Australia. He enlisted as a Artificer with the 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train. Godbaz embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915. He served in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front. Godbaz was promoted twice during World War One with his highest rank being Farrier Sergeant. He returned to Australia on board HT 'Cluny Castle' on 23 March 1919 and was finally discharged on 24 July 1919.
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World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918
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Mr Godbaz. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 89474

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I can confirm that this is indeed Simon Scutter Godbaz, my grandfather.

- Ken Godbaz

Posted on 23-07-2017 22:31:04