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  • Signature on photograph, 'Dicky'. Photograph courtesy of Rachel Farrand
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Hucknall Torkard
Richard (Dick) was born at Hucknall Torkard (St Peter's parish) in about 1881, the son of Herbert and Mary Gosling of Daybrook, Nottinghamshire. We do not know if his parents lived in Daybrook prior to his birth, or came some little time afterwards. 1891 census: (parents) and siblings Elizabeth Ann (19), Valentine (17), George (13), William (11), [Richard], Thomas (8), Herbert (5), Arthur (3). Valentine, of Burford Street, Arnold, and Elizabeth (surname illegible), of Milton Street, Edinburgh, are listed as next of kin with their parents when Richard enlisted in 1901. In the 1901 census, when the family was living at Redhill, Arnold, they had a second daughter, Ellen (5) but Richard was recorded as a railway cleaner and a boarder at 94 Curzon Street, Netherfield. He was married to Mabel Ethel Gosling nee Parker on 19th July 1906 at Lincoln (she is reported after the war as living at ‘Woodthorpe’ Westfield Drive, Skegness, Lincolnshire). Mabel was born in Derbyshire in 1879 but by the time of the 1901 census she was living with her parents in Church Street, Arnold. In the 1911 Census we find Richard is a police constable and is living in Wellow, Nottinghamshire, with his wife Mabel Ethel and their two children a daughter Chrystal Audrey Parker born in 1908 in Sutton in Ashfield and son Wilfred Henry Parker born 1909 in Wellow. Arnold & Daybrook ROH records that he had three children and had served at Arnold police station, also that Mabel Parker was 'late of The Manor House, Arnold' (Nottinghamshire Archives).
Labourer (probably with the railway) prior to enlisting in the Grenadier Guards at the age of 19y5m on a short service engagement from April 1901 and then transferred to the Army Reserve on completion of army service. He was employed as a police constable with Nottinghamshire Constabulary until mobilized on 5 August 1914.
15 Sep 1916
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2nd Bn Grenadier Guards
Army Service Record at RHQ (Archives) Grenadier Guards. He originally enlisted in April 1901 when he was 19 yrs of age on a short service engagement then transferred to the Army Reserve (rank of private), extending his reserve liability for another 4 years from 11 April 1913. On mobilization he was posted to the Grenadier Guards second battalion in which he became a platoon sergeant. His appointments were: mobilised 5 August 1914, appointed L/Cpl 8 Feb 1915, appointed Cpl 19 Sep 1915, appointed L/Sgt 11 Dec 1915, appointed A/Sgt 12 Jan 1916, promoted Sgt 23 April 1916. On 15th September 1916, the battle of Flers-Courcelette began. The 2nd Guards Brigade of the Guards Division, attacked the Triangle and Serpentine at 6.20am and by 7.15am they had reached their objectives, the 1st Guards Brigate also reached theirs at about the same time, having suffered much from heavy machine gun fire. The 2nd Grenadier Guards (in the 1st Guards Brigade) emerged from Ginchy at about 7.30am in support and almost immediately came under fire from an unoccupied part of the Serpentine Trench. However they skilfully bombed and fought their way forward obtaining a foothold, thus uniting the two Guards Brigades together. It was during this advance and attack on part of the Serpentine Trench that Richard was killed in action when only aged 32 years. He was buried in the Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, France, Plot I. Row B. Grave 5. in the next grave but one to Raymond Asquith, son of the former prime minister. He had served in the Army: Home Service 13years 225days, and France 1year 298days Total 15years 158days. (Time includes the period he spent in the Army Reserve.)
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 25 October 1916: ‘Gosling. Killed in action, September 15th, 1916, Sergt. Richard Gosling (Dick), Grenadier Guards, dearly loved son of Mr and Mrs Gosling, Daybrook. For two long years he did his best, God grant him now eternal rest. Father, mother, brothers, and sisters.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) His widow was granted a pension of 28 shilling and 9 pence commencing 9th April 1917. Richard's name was added c2012 to the Hucknall memorial.
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  • Signature on photograph, 'Dicky'. Photograph courtesy of Rachel Farrand
    Richard Gosling - Signature on photograph, 'Dicky'. Photograph courtesy of Rachel Farrand
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Richard Gosling. Photograph courtesy of Tony Lumb
    Richard Gosling - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Richard Gosling. Photograph courtesy of Tony Lumb