Vice Lord-Lieutenant

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Brigadier D H Godsal MBE DL

Brigadier Godsal has lived in Winsford on Exmoor for 20 years and is involved in a wide range of local activities and organisations. For 9 years he was Chairman of the Parish Council; he is Churchwarden and Chairman and Secretary of the Parochial Church Council. From 2008 he served 7 years as President of the Royal British Legion, Somerset and in the same year took up the appointment of Somerset County Colonel of The Rifles, which he held until 2017. He became a Deputy Lieutenant for Somerset in April 2012 and was then appointed Vice Lord Lieutenant on 1st June 2018.

David Godsal was born on Christmas Eve 1947. Educated at Eton, Exeter University and The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Royal Green Jackets in 1969.

During his 35 year career he served in the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Berlin, Northern Ireland and Beirut. He commanded the 1st Battalion of the Royal Green Jackets and on promotion to Brigadier he was appointed Commander 2 Brigade and Deputy Constable of Dover Castle. His final appointment was as Director Resettlement for the three Services.

On retiring from the Army in 2002, Brigadier Godsal spent 5 years as the South West Regional Director Fundraising for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF). He served 13 years as a Director of the RFEA, the Forces Employment Charity, retiring as vice-chairman. In 2014 he joined the board of the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation, a leading Veterans’ charity founded in 1916, which provides housing and enabling services to vulnerable, disabled and homeless ex-Service personnel. He is also the Chairman of the Trustees of the Dunster Festival. 

David and his wife Tamsin have a daughter and 2 sons and 6 grandchildren