In 1911 he was working on a farm, for an Arthur and Caroline Spilman at Northorpe as a farm labourer and in another column on the census a servant.
He was 22 years old when the war broke out and he joined the 5th Lincolns in France on 1st March 1915 with the first contingent. He was to see much fighting at the Hohenzollern Redoubt and many of his comrades, and fellow NCOs fell in that battle.
He was married in 1921,when he was 28 to Minnie Welton, of Appleby, who was then 22 and who survived him by 13 years.
Sergeant Hoodless Gouldthorpe, mud still on his boots, earlier on in the war, putting his feet up and relaxing for a photo most likely taken in Flanders behind the lines. Notice how he still has the match and cigarette in his hand. Past caring? or someone who didn't care much for convention of the time?
Private 2093 and Sergeant 240329 H. Gouldthorpe holder of Victory, British, and 1915 Star having gone out with the Barton contingent on 1st March 1915. Interestingly his address-29 Barrow Road. on his Medal Index Card.
Hoody is listed as a Private on one card under both numbers but this is incorrect detail-not uncommon on military documents of the time.
He was a Sergeant although at the beginning of the war, he might have been of lower rank. His part 2 Medal Index Card refers to him as a Sergeant in the 5th Lincolns T.F. (Territorial Force) and having been having been awarded the DCM on 1st January 1918, the traditional date for the Kings New Years Honours.
The citation for his award of the DCM is as follows-''For courage and devotion to duty when all officers were killed he led with skill and great courage'' London Gazette.
He worked at the Farmers Company, later A.C.C. or Albright and Wilson's. He was well known for getting veterans work when the seasonal tile yard had closed for the winter, from when the last swallow flew, until the arrival of the first. Hoody as he was widely known was a foreman, and was involved in unloading boats at the landing stage.
In this photo all the men have got some rank, and some have been wounded several times. There is a sprinkling of Scots Regiments, Camerons and Gordons, Manchesters, and East Yorkshires, Scots Greys, and of course, Hoody fourth from right second row in his Lincolns cap badge. As to what this occasion was, is only guess work, but it is most likely NCO training or an officer selection process-not a field hospital as not one of them appears to be wounded. Note Sgt. Gouldthorpes ribbon medals, hazy but just discernible is the ribbon of the DCM, second only to the VC. He is the only one wearing ribbons so he would have had plenty of enquiries as to how he got them.
The Military Medal ribbon would sit next to it, and his Croix de Guerre, a foreign decoration inaugurated by the French in 1915 would sit to the left of his British awards.
After the war, Hoody worked at the Farmer's Company as I have already stated. He went into the Home Guard in the 2nd World War, ready to defend his country, not once, but like so many others like him, twice.
Hoodless' retirement party after a lifetime at the Farmer's Company after a lifetime of bravery and helping others in keeping hunger from the door during hard times.
He died fairly young at the age of 76.
All photos and some information shown here kindly loaned by Trina Dunderdale, granddaughter.