Educated at Haileybury College and Trinity College, Oxford, he worked for the Lord Chamberlain's Office for over four decades. He translated several works of French literature into English, notably Gabriel Chevallier's comic novel Clochemerle and Julien Green's journals. All together he translated 18 works in 27 publications in 2 languages and 537 library holdings 
- Notice in The Times, 1 April 1969
- WorldCat Identities
- The Author's and Writer' Who's Who, 4th ed. 1960
- 'The Times Diary', The Times, 26 February 1972
- Works by or about Jocelyn Godefroi in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Translated Penguin Book - at Penguin First Editions reference site of early first edition Penguin Books.
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