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Not the 3rd Wessex Brigade RFA( but 51st DAC)


Owen D

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I really should know more about our local VC Winner but I don't.

I've looked up his unit on here. No help.

http://orbat.com/site/warpath/divs/43_div.htm#ccxvii

The LLT site doesn't explain it either.http://www.1914-1918.net/rfa_units.htm

So what higher formation were 3rd Wessex Brigade RFA with when William Gosling won his VC?

Citation here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Gosling

I think the mention of 3rd Wessex Bde is misleading. That was his Territorial unt in Swindon, which I'm sure went to India with the rest of 43rd Div.

He also changed number.

Medal card of Gosling, William

Corps Regiment No Rank

Royal Field Artillery 118 Corporal

Royal Field Artillery 645112 Corporal

Anyone got the book on VC Winners at Arras and see what that says?

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1/III Wessex Brigade went out to India with the lion's share of the 1st Wessex Division in October of 1914 and spent the rest of the war 'east of Suez.'

2/III Wessex Brigade went out to India in December of 1915, staying there until the end of the war.

Thus, while Sergeant Gosling may have begun the war with III Wessex Brigade, he must have been assigned to another unit when serving in France.

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So who was he serving with when he won the VC then?

I thought VC Winners were eay to track down.

Citation from London Gazette gives no clues.

Doesn't even mention 3rdWessex so why does that unit get mentioned when it was his old unit?

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I like the quote in the wikipedia entry.

Sergeant Gosling, after discussion with his battery and on vehement demands from the infantry,

Perhaps the PBI said "Do something about that f****** bomb!"

The wikipedia entry is also misleading as it mentioned a Stokes Mortar, the LG Citation states Heavy Trench Mortar.

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645001-650000 51 DAC/ HIGHLAND

645001-650000 64 DAC/ 2/HIGHLAND

It would seem he was one culled from the RFA in late 1916(?) to form the TMB's.

Roop

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Steve,

Thank's for a link to that article.

How come I never found it????

Thanks to Roop too. 51st Div Ammo Column it is then.

Gosling was in charge of an ammo supply party bringing shells to the mortar position.
Well Done chaps.

Now can we locate roughly where it happened?

Where was 51st Div's Artillery on 5th April?

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War Diaries for the following may pinpoint this more accurately

V.51 Heavy Trench Mortar Battery RFA

X.51, Y.51 and Z.51 Medium Mortar Batteries RFA

Roop

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War Diaries for the following may pinpoint this more accurately

V.51 Heavy Trench Mortar Battery RFA

X.51, Y.51 and Z.51 Medium Mortar Batteries RFA

Roop

Could someone have a look please next time they're at the NA.

I not be able to get there. I've only been once, that was in 1995.

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Just to back up what Roop said about Numbers in 51 DAC here is a Malmesbury lad killed with them.

THOMPSON J.E. Dvr.

Driver 645260 Joseph Ewart Thompson, 51st Div., Ammunition Col., Royal Field Artillery, died of his wounds on Monday 8th October I917. He was 28 years old. Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Grave Ref; VIII G 20.

http://www.malmesbury-memories.co.uk/abbey...de/warnames.php

3rd Wessex Ammuntion Column was based in Malmesbury. Pre-War Territorials.

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  • 10 months later...

Finally got out to see him and pay my respects.

Why is it that people and places on your doorstep become the least easy to visit?

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