Born: 1868, Mendlesham, Suffolk.

Baptised: 14th October 1868, Mendlesham, Suffolk. Parents: Susannah & Jeremiah Gostling.

Died: 28th March 1902; age: 33; Died of Wounds, accidentally inflicted (not on duty), at Naboomspruit, Limpopo, South Africa.

Residence: Essex.

Occupation: Plasterer.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 2159.

Regiment: Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal + South Africa 1901 medal & South Africa 1902 medal.




1871   New Wortley, Yorkshire.


Francis was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

(James) Jeremiah Gostling, 30, a Joiner, born Whatfield, Suffolk.

Susannah Gostling (nee Cowe), 29, born Mendlesham.

Jeanette Gostling, 10, born Mendlesham.

Ernest Jeremiah Gostling, 4, born Mendlesham.

Florence Gostling, 3 months, born New Wortley.


1881   17, Stanley Road, West Ham, Essex.


Francis was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James, 40, a Joiner.

Susannah, 39.

Thomas Francis Gostling, 18, a Joiner, born Mendlesham.

Frederick William Gostling, 16, a Joiner, born Mendlesham.

Ernest, 14.

Florence, 10.

Valerie Alberta Gostling, 6, born Colchester, Essex.

Victor Gostling, 2, born West Ham.


Francis’s mother, Susannah Gostling died 1895, West Ham, Essex.


Soldiers’ Effects to James Gostling – father.

The Boer War.

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