The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- George John
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- George Victor Gossage
- Mothers's Name:
- Annie Elizabeth Gossage (nee McDermott)
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Crane Driver with W.A.G.R.
- Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 13, Age 26.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action, Age 26
- Place of Death:
- Ulu Pandan
- Date of Death:
- Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.
This soldier is believed to have received a gunshot wound to his stomach during the bayonet charge at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan.
The above is from Nell and her eldest daughter Janice. George’s sister Ellen Louvaine (Nell/Nellie) Gossage born 1916, Kalgoorlie married William (Bill) Schofield in 1942.
GOSSAGE. George John (Sig), previously reported missing, February 12, 1942, now presumed dead; dearly beloved son of Mrs and the late George Gossage, of 170 Wittenoom-street, East Perth, and late of Bridgetown; loved brother of Nell (Mrs W. Schofield), Veronica and Len; brother-in-law of Bill, uncle of Janice. R.I.P.
‘The West Australian’ 28 May 1945
George was one five children in the Gossage family and his father died in Bridgetown in 1937.
GOSSAGE. On November 7, 1937, at Bridgetown, George Victor, loving husband of Annie, father of Nellie, George, Veronica and Lennie; brother of Leo (Wiluna); late Driver, W.A.G.R. Loved by all. ‘The West Australian’ Wed 10 Nov 1937