image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
Born: 1897, Woolverstone, Suffolk.
Died on or since: 28th April 1917; age 20; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 31st August 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 15191
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Susan Jane Gosling, of 64, Station Street, Stoke, Ipswich.
A family note: Susan Jane Gosling was born in cork, Ireland. Susan married very young to a Sargent Major, Harry Troup in India. When Harry was killed in the army, she then married George’s Father, also George Gosling.
They had their first living son in Bengal, India. They then returned to Freston to have the rest of their children.
1901 Ipswich Road, Freston, Suffolk.
George was 4 years old and living with his parents and siblings.
George Gosling, 46, a Blacksmith, born Holbrook, Suffolk.
Susan Jane Gosling, 39, born Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland
Frederick Stock Gosling, 9, born Jhansi, Bengal.
Olga Mary Gosling, 8, born Shoeburyness, Essex.
William Stanley Gosling, 3, born Woolverstone, Suffolk – died 1904, Ipswich.
Arthur Basil Gosling, 1, born Woolverstone.
Eileen Gosling, 6 months, born Freston – died 1910, Ipswich.
1911 43, Station Street, Ipswich.
George was 14 years old, a Baker. He was living with his parents & siblings.
George, 58, a Driller – Iron Foundry.
Frederick, 19, a Cleaner of Shoes – Depot Railway Co. – G.E.Railway.
Olga, 17, a Sweet Packer.
Madge Gosling, 7, born Freston.
Soldiers’ Effects to George Gosling – father.
George is also remembered on St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich, War Memorial.
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:
Battle of Arleux (28–29 April 1917)
An 8 mile front from British and Canadian troops of the 12th Division, making the main thrust between Scarp and Monchy, France. At 04:45hrs The Battalion went over the top, passing through the 5th Royal Berkshire Regiment who had just captured “Bayonet Trench” and a section of “Riffle Trench”
They immediately came under a most devastating machine gun fire from Roeux of the north side of the river, not yet taken and suffered very heavy losses. A number of men managed to reach their first objective, but were unable to move any further forward.
All the officers were killed or wounded except two. The survivors made their way back to the line under the cover of darkness, by 01:00hrs of the 29th, the battalion had been reduced to 190 men. (from 350.)