Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Viv Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Bangor on Dee Memorial
Name / Enw: Goswell, Thomas Ernest
Regiment/Catrawd: 14th Warwickshire Regiment
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 32538
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: VIII K 17
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Belgium.
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals.
Date of Death: 26th October 1917
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in Action 26th October 1917
In the 1911 census Thomas Goswell was living with his family at Sarn, Malpas. The head of the household was widowed mother Hester Goswell, 58. Lucy Goswell her 22 year old daughter was a barmaid. Thomas Goswell, was 18 and a ‘Professional Jockey’. He had been born in Bangor Is Y Coed – the Welsh name for the village of Bangor on Dee. Two grandaughter’s were recorded on the census, Edith 9 and Nora 4.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great war 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details above and adds that he enlisted in Overton. This source tells us he was ‘Killed in Action’. It also tells us he was formerly in The Welsh Cavalry with the regimental number of 710.
His medal card tells about his two medals but also informs us us that Thomas was transferred from one regiment to another and given different numbers each time. He was 23782 in the East Surrey Regiment and 17222 in the Lancers. Eventually as we know, he ended up in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment number 32538.
There is a card for Thomas in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. This too chronicles all his transfers.It adds another one – The Middlesex Regiment. It says he went to France in November 1916.