Sgt. William Gosling
Awarded VC, 5th April 1917
Sergeant William Gosling, Royal Field Artillery, 3rd Wessex Bde.
Awarded the VC for conspicuous bravery near Arras, France, 5th April 1917.
London Gazette published 14th June 1917
"No. 645112, Sergt. William Gosling, 3rd Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. For most conspicuous bravery when in charge of a heavy trench mortar.
"Owing to a faulty cartridge the bomb, after discharge, fell 10 yards from the mortar.
"Sergt. Gosling sprang out, lifted the nose of the bomb, which had sunk into the ground, unscrewed the fuze and threw it on the ground, where it immediately exploded.
"This very gallant and prompt action undoubtedly saved the lives of the whole detachment."
A British 9.5" Trench Mortar, pictured in an old German trench in Pigeon Wood, along with its crew. Gommecourt, March 1917.
IWM Q 4923