The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Gossage
First Name:
George John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9062
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company
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

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)

 

This soldier is believed to have received a gunshot wound to his stomach during the bayonet charge at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan.

G J Gossage
G J Gossage

 

George’s sister Nell was the de facto  wife of ‘Bill’ William Darcy O’Neill WX8828.  Read about ONeill.

 

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

 

 

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