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William Goss

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 30), Page: 9 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 30), Page: 9 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William AWMM
  • Surname
    Goss AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 11649 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Annie Goss (sister-in-law), 29 Duncan Street, Christchurch, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pvt Elijah John Carey service number 23755 was Pvt William Goss' brother-in-law, being married to Goss' sister, Ellen Goss Public - Charles Kelly - Other relative - 24 February 2016 - Family records
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 11649 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Bootmaker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of disease AWMM

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Biographical information

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    • William Goss was the son of Joseph Henry Goss, of Cornwall, England. AWMM
    • The Goss family hailed from the town of Bodmin, Cornwall, England. William Goss was the son of Joseph Henry Goss (Senior) (About 1820 - 6 May 1904) and Louisa Goss (nee Bazely) (About 1831 - 13 October 1908). Joseph and Louisa were married on 3 Nov 1854 and went on to have 11 children altogether with William being the 9th child born in about 1868. The children were:
      John Bertram Goss (About 1852)
      Mary Goss (21 May 1854 - 27 April 1941)
      Richard Goss (About 1856)
      Louisa Goss (About 1858 - 5 January 1939)
      Joseph Henry Goss (Junior) (4 April 1860 - 2 December 1940)
      Martha Goss (About 1862)
      Charles Goss (About 1864)
      Fredrick Goss (8 August 1866)
      William Goss (About 1868)
      Ellen Goss (About 1873)
      Herbert Goss (About 1876)
      Joseph Henry Goss (Junior), one of William's older brothers was my Great Grandfather. So I believe that makes William Goss my Great Uncle.

      The Goss family lived at various addresses in Bodmin, but mainly on Higher Bore Street. Joseph Henry Goss (Senior) was a Bootmaker and Cordwainer by trade and he passed this trade on to his sons. I am not sure when or how William Goss came to New Zealand, but I do have a lot of information about his siblings and parents. For example, Joseph Henry Goss (Junior) married the London born Mary Alice Warren in the Parish Church of St. Paul’s in Devonport, Cornwall on 18th July 1886. Five years later, in 1891, they were living in a house at 69 Chapel Street in Devonport with offspring of their own i.e. Joseph Reginald Eyre (4), Bertram Sidney(2) and Gladys Louisa, a baby of 11 months. In keeping with the family tradition Joseph was a Bootmaker by trade.

      In October 1899, the 2nd Anglo Boer War broke out in South Africa and Goss must have spotted a lucrative employment opportunity there wherein he could ply his trade. Leaving his family behind in England he travelled to South Africa where he joined the South African Constabulary and remained in service with them until discharged on 5 December 1905. At some point during or after he must have returned to England to collect his wife and five children. His sixth child, Fredrick, was born in South Africa in 1905. Members of the family made occasional trips back to England because in 1918 we find Alice Goss and children Gladys. Olive and Fredrick boarding the SS "Rhodesia" in Plymouth on 9 September 1918 bound for South Africa. The SS Rhodesia was apparently a pseudonym for the ill fated SS Galway Castle which at the time was a common ploy to confuse the Hun (and any researcher who followed years later). At 07.30 hrs. on 12th September 1918, two days out from Plymouth, the SS Galway Castle was torpedoed by U-82 and broke her back. At the time she was carrying 400 South African walking wounded, 346 passengers and 204 crew. It was thought she would sink immediately and U-82 appeared to be lining up for another attack. In the rush to abandon ship several lifeboats were swamped by the heavy seas and many finished up in the sea. However, the U-boat did not mount a further attack and the Galway Castle continued to wallow for three days. Destroyers were summoned by radio to rescue survivors who were taken back to Plymouth where it was ascertained that 143 persons had perished. HMS Spitfire remained in attendance and took off the skeleton crew before she finally sank. Fortunately the 4 Goss family members aboard survived the ordeal.

      I have a lot of other information about William Goss' family which I would be very happy to share with others as the Goss family is part of my on-going family history research. Public - Charles Kelly - Other relative - 23 February 2016 - Various records from National Archives, Kew;;; family papers and documents
    • William Goss' correct date of birth is 8 August 1868. I appears that he came to New Zealand with his older brother, Richard Goss (and possibly other brothers/sisters) and settled in the Christchurch area. Public - Charles Kelly - Other relative - 23 February 2016 - England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

      Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
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About death

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  • Death
    11 December 1916 AWMM
    Age 48 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM II. B. 5A. AWMM
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