GOLDSTRAW Joseph Henry

Joseph Henry GOLDSTRAW 1913 – 1940

T/50779 Private Joseph Henry Goldstraw, 8 Reserve Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps died between 29 May and 2 June 1940 aged 27 and is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial.[1]

Family Details

Joseph Henry Goldstraw was born in 1913,[2] the son of Daniel and Lucy Goldstraw.  In 1911, Daniel and Lucy Goldstraw, originally from Staffordshire, lived at Carrville, Durham where Daniel worked as a coal miner [stoneman].[3] By 1939, Daniel and Lucy lived at 12 Holmlands Park, Chester-le-Street and Daniel was now employed as a “cinema commissionaire”.  There are no children recorded therefore it is assumed that Joseph was “an only child” and by this time was serving in the Army hence lived away from the family home.[4]

1940: Joseph married Doris Nicholson. [5]  By the time the CWGC formalised registrations of the war dead, Doris lived at Evenwood.[6]  She has not been traced on the 1939 Register.

Service Details

The service record of Private J.H. Goldstraw has not been researched.


50779 Private Joseph Henry Goldstraw has no known grave and is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, column 141.[7]  Dunkirk was the scene of the historic evacuation of the BEF from France in May and June 1940.  Known as Operation Dynamo it was the largest evacuation of Allied forces during the Second World War.  It was unveiled 29 June 1957 by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.  The Memorial commemorates 4511 Commonwealth servicemen who have no known grave.


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Vol.10a p.947 1913 A2 Durham

[3] 1911 census

[4] 1939 England & Wales Register

[5] England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.739 1940Q1 Durham South Western

[6] CWGC

[7] CWGC