Albert Edward Gosling

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th
Rank / Service No: Private, 27044
Died: 9th February 1917, aged 21 years
Buried: Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium (M.47)


Albert was the seventh of 8 siblings born to James John and Elizabeth Gosling (nee Garland), who married in Southampton in 1872.


James, a sailmaker, was born in Southampton in 1851 and he died in the city in 1909.

Elizabeth was born in the city in 1852 and she passed away there in 1910.



Charles James   b. 1874 Southampton   d. 1941 Bournemouth   Married Annie Stoneham in Southampton in 1902.

John Frank b. 1876 Southampton   d. 1937 Southampton

Richard Arthur   b. 1879 Southampton   d. 1954 Petersfield

William Arthur   b. 1888 Southampton   d. 1935 Hackney   Married Edith Florence Maud Jones in Stoke Newington in 1917.

Lilian   b. 1890 Southampton   d. 1963 Southampton   Married George E. Pike in Southampton in 1914.

Grace   b. 1892 Southampton   d. 1968 I.o.W   Living with Charles & Annie @ 1911 Census.

Albert Edward

Ernest Alfred   b. 1898 Southampton   d. 1966 Romsey   Married Ellen R. King in Southampton in 1926.


The battalion landed in France in May 1916, under the orders of the 122nd Brigade in the 41st Division.

They fought at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette in September, the first time the Allies used tanks, the Battle of Messines in June 1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres in July 1917.


A Memorial stands at Flers today, commemorating the 41st Division….a soldier stands facing the direction from which the division attacked on the first day of the battle.


The New Military Cemetery was begun in February 1915 and was used until May 1917 by fighting units and field ambulances, with a few further burials taking place in March and April 1918.


It contains 624 Commonwealth WW1 burials.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th August 2016


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