SKELTON - IN - CLEVELAND
IN HISTORY

"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"


Lance Corporal PETER GOSLING.

39264 9th Bn, Yorkshire Regiment.

who died, aged 24, on the 20th September 1917.

Son of Edward and Mary Gosling of North Skelton, N Yorkshire.



Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

At the census of 1901, Peter, aged 7, was living at 25 Richard St, N Skelton, but had been born in W Hartlepool, Durham.
His father, who worked as an Ironstone miner, came from Long Sutton, Yorks and his mother from Sleights, Yorks.
He had two older brothers John 17, who was a horse driver in the mines and Herbert 15.
A list compiled by the late Tom Curno gives his address at the time of his death as 13 Wharton St, N Skelton.


The 9th (Service) Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment was Formed at Richmond, 22 September 1914.
It was attached to 69th Brigade, 23rd Division and took part in most of the action on the Western Front.
Prior to 1917 it had been involved in the Battles of the Somme in France.
Peter must have been killed in the Third Battle of Ypres.
An offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south.
The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather.
The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele.
His body was never recovered and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
This lists 35,000 men who have no known grave and stands at the furthest point of the Western advance in Flanders before the armistice was signed.
All around the graves of the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the World.


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