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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 347

(x) Pair: Driver G. Gosling, Royal Field Artillery, who was severely wounded at Witporteje in May 1901

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 4 clasps, Cape Colony, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal (83044 Dr. G. Gosling, 78th Bty. R.F.A.); King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 (83044 G. Gosling, R.F.A.), polished, thus good fine or better (2)

George Gosling, who was born in Bethnal Green, enlisted in the Royal Artillery in January 1891, aged 18 years.

Embarked for South Africa as a Driver in 78th Battery, R.F.A., he was severely wounded at Witporteje on 23 May 1901. On that date, one of the Battery’s guns, under Major J. H. du B. Travers, ventured out of Ventersdorp to the defence of a convoy which was under attack. His actions – and those of his gallant gunners – saved the day, although our casualties amounted to six killed and 31 wounded.

Gosling was discharged in January 1903; sold with his original parchment Certificate of Discharge.

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