Robert GOSLING
Rank: Private
Number: 16301
Unit: B Company, 12th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 11 July 1918
Age: 27
Cemetery: Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece

Robert had been born in the Portwood area of Stockport, in the first quarter of 1891. As a married man, he still lived in the area at 23 Richard Street, Portwood. The family history website, FreeBMB, suggests his marriage was in the late spring of 1909. He worked at Mills' steel works, Bredbury until he enlisted on 6 September 1914.

After training, the newly formed Battalion left for France in early September 1915. It was only there a few weeks before it transferred to Greece where it would spend the rest of the War fighting the Bulgarian Army.

From 5 July 1918, the Battalion was in reserve at Cam Hill Camp, near Doiran in the north of Greece. Over the coming days, the men undertook working parties in small groups. They worked on camouflaging roads, bombproofing dugouts and other construction work. The Battalion's War Diary for the period records "On the 11th, a party of B Company was shelled while working in Bath Valley - casualties 1 Other Rank killed, 8 Other ranks wounded." The man killed was Robert.

   
           
   
     
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