1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Austin Gough

Contributed by: Jamie Webster, on 2008-11-06

Austin Gough
First Name Austin
Surname Gough
Year of Birth 1895
Year of Death Unknown
Regiment King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Place of Wartime Residence Leominster, Herefordshire

Austin's Story

Time forgets the names of regiments that are merged with others I would like for us to remember the name of the Herefordshire Regiment omitted from the list of regiments above. The Herefords merged with the KSLI and thence became a forgotton band.

However the Hereford's formed part of the Welsh Border Brigade, Welsh Division and on the 24 April 1915 transferred to North Wales Brigade, Welsh Division which landed at Gallipoli on 16th July 1915. Of the 29 officers and 969 other ranks they were reduced to 25 officers and 750 ORs. These other ranks including Austin an he and his comrades went on to land at 'C' beach at Suvla Bay on Gallipoli on the 9th August. For landing at Suvla Bay on 9th August the bn. was mentioned in despatches by Ian Hamilton." .......the 1st/1st Herefordshire, which attacked with impetuosity and courage between Hetman Chair and Kaslar Chair about Azmak Dere on the extreme right of his line."

Austin went on to fight in Palastine and Eygpt. Both Austin and His older brother Harry were quakers and after the war they rarely spoke about their experiences. However the photo has the quote torn to a cinder and a world weary lad looking out to face the camera - to me this speaks volumes about his experience of the campaign.

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