Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 17/08/1915
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 1st Bn.
Grave Reference A. 2.

Additional Information:

Born 1887 at Clapton, son of Charles (Assistant Secretary to Brewing Firm) and Selina Gough.1901: With his family at “Holmwood”, Grove Hill, South Woodford, which remained the family home for some years.

In about 1910 Geoffrey emigrated to Canada, where he lived in the North West Province, undertaking a range of employments. When war was declared he was a partner in a firm transporting goods for a railway company which was developing a route. On 23-09-1914 he enlisted in the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion (Western Ontario Regiment), giving his occupation as a Packer. He declared himself a member of the active Militia (19th Alberta Dragoons) with previous service in the RFA and RNWMP. He was soon Commissioned, holding the position of Battalion Machine Gun Officer.

In 08-1915 the Battalion was in trenches 121,122,123, with Headquarters at Gloucester House, in the Ploegsteert area of Belgium. On 15-08-1915 Gough was sitting in the Company HQ dugout having lunch with fellow Officers when a shell exploded nearby. A piece of shrapnel came through a small opening in the dugout hitting him in the head. He was taken to 1st Field Ambulance Station at Romarin, where he died on 17-08-1915. The Battalion attended his funeral there at 10am the next day.

He had previously taken leave at his home in Woodford, and was due to be withdrawn from the trenches on 14-08-1915, but that was not possible and he remained in the front line.

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church. Father’s Grave at Chingford Mount.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Archives Canada. Woodford Times.
Qualification: Former Borough Resident.