Born: 1889, Ipswich.

Died: 11th February 1917; age28; Died of Wounds – at No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station.

Residence: 36, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.

Employed: as a Postman at Ipswich Post Office, Ipswich for several years.

Date of Entry Therein: 19th July 1916 – France.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 5856.

Regiment: London Regiment (Post Office Rifles), 8th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,






1891   Tyler Street, Ipswich.


Walter was a year old and living with his parents.

Alfred John Gostling, 26, a Maltster, born Stonham, Suffolk.

Alice Gostling (nee Smith), 27, born Ipswich.


1901   97, Purplett Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 11 years old and living with his parents & sister.

Alfred, 36, a Maltster.

Alice, 37, a Grocer’s Shop Keeper – own account.

Ivy Ellen Gostling, 6, born Ipswich.


1911   16, New Cut West, Ipswich.


Walter was 21 years old, a Postman – Post Office. He was married and Head of the Household.

Ellen, 20.

Elsie, 1.


Walter’s father, Alfred John Gostling died 1906, Ipswich.


In 1909, Ipswich, Walter married Ellen Annie Bond, born 1891, Ipswich, daughter of Charles (a foundry boiler maker) & Rosa Bond.


They had 1 daughter:

Elsie Clara Gostling, born November 1909, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ellen A. Weeks – widow.


Walter is also remembered on the war memorial at the Royal Mail Centre, Commercial Road, Ipswich and at St. Peter’s Church, Ipswich.


post office



London Regiment (Post Office Rifles), 8th Battalion:


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