The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Gossage
First Name:
George John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9062
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 1 Platoon Signals.
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
12.04.1915
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Victor Gossage
Mothers's Name:
Annie Elizabeth Gossage (nee McDermott)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Crane Driver with W.A.G.R.
Memorial:
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:
12.02.1942
Buried:
Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21.12.1942.

General Description

George Gossage enlisted AIF Oct 1940.  He later joined HQ Company as a Signaller with No. 1 Platoon.,

George was KIA Ulu Padan aged 26 years  on 12 Feb 1942.   It is believed he received a gunshot wound to his stomach during the bayonet charge at Hill 200, Ulu Padan.

Please read further about Ulu Padan.

 

L-R Claude Gault, Jack Wren, George Gossage, Harold Eastwood, Bob Ramage

L-R Claude Gault, Jack Wren, George Gossage, Harold Eastwood (KIA Feb 1942), Bob Ramage (d. Sep 1943)

 

 

G J Gossage
G J Gossage

 

 

 

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 eldest of four surviving children   George Victor Gossage married 1914 Yilgarn to Annie Elizabeth McDermott. He died in Bridgetown in 1937.

The Gossage children attended the local Catholic school.  George (Snr) was employed with WAGR.  George (Jnr) participated in local and school sports – including Cycling, Football and tennis.  His sister Nellie was a talented pianist and by all accounts the Gossage family active participated in the Bridgetown community

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below:  This cycle race is won by Ivor Thorley WX9562, with George being mentioned with a minor place.

Sadly, neither Thorley or Gossage returned home.

 

 

Below:  George has a good game kicking goals.

 

 

George discovered his grandfather, also named George Gossage had died at home in Bridgetown in 1934.  George’s grandmother had died about 12 months earlier.

 

In 1937 Electoral Roll George and his parents are residing at Roe Street, Bridgetown.  George Victor was a driver with WAGR.  George (Jnr) was grocer’s assistant.  George (Snr) early death in 1937 followed a brief illness.

 

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

 

 

 

 

The Gossage family leave Bridgetown following the death of George (Snr).  Family members were reported visiting Bridgetown over the next few years.

 

 

In Oct 1940 George enlisted with AIF.

In 1943 Electoral Roll Annie and son George were residing 170 Wittenoon Street, East Perth.  George was employed as a labourer. More than likely, his younger siblings were also residing at Wittenoon Street (not recorded until 21 years old).

Annie Gossage died in 1962.

 

Unfortunately George Gossage (Jnr) does not have his name on the Bridgetown WW2 Memorial.

 

George Gossage’s name is inscribed on the Midland Railway Workshop Memorial.

Back