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Gosling, J.W., A/Smn., 1916
In Varenne Military Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of KP/300 Able Seaman John Wenn Gosling, serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died 13/11/1916.

Colin Boyd has provided the following:

John was born on 5th March 1890 and was working as a labourer, living at 3, Upper Penman Street, North Shields when he enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers on 5th September 1914. He transferred to the RNVR and joined the Drake Battalion on 3rd November 1914 and served until 25th May 1915 when he was hospitalised suffering from a gun shot wound to the left shoulder.

John rejoined the Drake Battalion on 16th August 1915 and was hospitalised again on 10th October 1915 suffering from a septic left arm, returning to the Battalion on 22nd December 1915. John died from the effects of accidentally inflicted grenade wounds to the neck and head at the 11th Casualty Clearing Station in France on 13th November 1916.

(Note: On enlistment his next of kin was noted as his father, Joseph living at 59, Stanley Street, Grimsby while his wife, Jane, was living at 86, Little Bedford Street, North Shields.)

John Wenn Gosling is remembered in North Shields on N34.05 and in Tynemouth on T36.14 page 12.

The CWGC entry for Able Seaman Gosling

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk