By Jonathan Kitto, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 11th November marks the anniversary of the armistice that brought the First World War to an end, over 100 years ago. Since 1919 the 11th November has been known as Remembrance Day and marks an occasion for reflection and remembrance of all the Commonwealth fallen throughout history.
The British Overseas Territories are no exception and many brave individuals made the ultimate sacrifice fighting alongside the Allies. This year we will be honouring two servicemen from Bermuda, a territory that provided swift and disproportionate support to Britain during both world wars.
Leonard DeGraff Godet, died in the First World War on June 1, 1918 mere months before the war ended, at the age of 21. He was a brilliant student who gave his life while serving with the newly created Royal Air Force. Mr. Godet was born in Paget in 1896. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University until he answered the call of duty. He received his pilot wings on August 14, 1917 and went to France on active service four days later. He died when his plane was brought down in flames across German lines in France, after completing 16 long-distance raids. 2nd Lieutenant Godet was flying with 2nd Lieutenant Arthur Haley, born 1895, in a DH4 that was shot down by German anti-aircraft fire while over Antilly, near Metz. Godet was the pilot and Haley the observer. The two were initially buried together with great honour by French villagers in a grave especially created for them in Antilly, but it is believed they were later moved by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are now reburied in adjacent graves numbered 374 and 375 in the French National Cemetery at Chambieres, Metz. The grave built by French locals is pictured below.