images courtesy of Liz.


Born: 1887, St. Michael’s, Ipswich.

Died: 6th June 1915; age: 28; Died of Wounds – Gallipoli.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 1558.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 88th (1st/1st East Anglian) Field Ambulance.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Addenda Panel.

Cape Helles Memorial,

Turkey (including Gallipoli).




1891   12, Permit Office Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 3 years old and living with his parents & sisters. They were living with his widowed, maternal grandmother, aunt & uncle.

Lydia Sugars (nee Hearn), 49, born Framsden, Suffolk.

Laura Sugars, 21, a Stay Binder, born Ipswich.

Herbert Robert Sugars, 19, a General Labourer, born Ipswich.

Walter Gosling, 28, a Baker, born Ipswich.

Lucy Gosling (nee Sugars), 23, a Stay Binder, born Ipswich.

Lucy Caroline Gosling, 8, born Ipswich.

Laura Lydia Gosling, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   53, Cox Lane, Ipswich.


Walter was 13 years old, an Errand Boy. he was living with his parents, sisters & grandmother.

Walter, 39, a General Labourer.

Lucy, 36, a Stay Binder.

Lucy, 15, a Machinist.

Laura, 11.

Lilian Ellen Gosling, 7, born Ipswich.

Lydia Sugars, 60.


1911   17, James Street, Ipswich.


Walter was 23 years old, a Packer – Printing & Stationery. He was staying with his sister, brother-in-law & niece.

James Benjamin Talbot, 26, an Assistant Jam Boiler – Jam Factory, born Ipswich.

Lucy Talbot (nee Gosling), 25.

Lucy Alice S. Talbot, 11 months, born Ipswich.


Walter’s maternal grandmother, Lydia Sugars died 1905, Ipswich.

In 1911, Ipswich, Walter married Lydia Ellen Norton, born 1888, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Lydia Ellen Gosling – widow.


Probate to Lydia Ellen Gosling – widow.


Walter is remembered on the war memorial at St. Michael’s Church, Ipswich


A family note:

Lilian Ellen Gosling (sister of Walter).  1901 census 53 Cox Lane, Ipswich

Lilian Alice Phylis Finch nee Cook.      Daughter to Lilian Ellen.  Born 1925

Richard Douglas Finch (married Elizabeth Ann Steward).   Born 1957
Richard is a twin to Sharon Lilian Danko,



The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.




  • I am sending you a separate email with a picture attached of Walter George Gosling. He was my husband’s mothers uncle.

    Lilian Ellen Gosling (sister of Walter). 1901 census 53 Cox Lane, Ipswich

    Lilian Alice Phylis Finch nee Cook. Daughter to Lilian Ellen

    Richard Douglas Finch (married Elizabeth Ann Steward).
    Richard is a twin to Sharon Lilian Danko

  • In preparation for a Battlefield Tour to Gallipoli next month I’ve been researching the 88th Brigade Field Ambulance who served with 29th Division. I’d already found that Walter George Gosling died whilst serving with the Unit and I intend to leave a poppy cross in his memory by his name on the Helles Memorial. There appears to be a discrepancy as regards his date of death. The CWGC and Army Register of Soldiers Effects record 6 June 1915, but his Medal Index Card and 1915 Star Medal Roll record he died of wounds on 18 June 1915.I’ve found that his widow Lydia remarried in the first quarter of 1916 to George R Pluckrose. Walter’s mother Lucy applied for a pension for his service in the early 1920s but was refused.I felt that Walter had perhaps been forgotten and was so pleased to see how much information there is about him on the Ipswich War Memorial website and it was wonderful to see a photo of him. I’d be happy to share copies of the documents I’ve found for him with you if you’d like them, together with a photo of his name on the Helles Memorial after our visit. Let me know if you’re interested.


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