Francis Benjamin Gough

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 15, 1892

Born at Matherwell Scotland


Mar 23, 1912

Embarked the SS Scandinavian at Glasgow Scotland


Apr 2, 1912

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Apr 20, 1915

Attested into the 36th Battalion at Hamilton Ontario 

Ø      Number 406622 or 406722 (unclear which is correct)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Gough, father, of Glenview North St, Motherwell, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Pattern Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

The service number is confusing in the service file.  On some documents it is shown as 406622 while on others it is shown as 406722.  There are 2 differing copies of Attestation papers and each shows both numbers, with one being crossed out.  The CWGC lists him with the 406622 number while the CVWM lists him with the 406722 number. 


Jun 19, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec

The 36th Battalion Embarkation Roll shows his number as 406722


Jun 28, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Shorncliffe Camp


Jul 5, 1915

Admitted to the St Martins Plain Tent Hospital diagnosed with Gonorrhea


Jul 24, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 17, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital with an accidental injury 

Pte Gough accidentally injured his jaw while exiting an automobile and was admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital.  One report says he was getting out and slipped, while another report says “fell off auto”.  He suffered a cut chin but no broken bones. 


Sep 29, 1915

Transferred to the Hawkhurst Hospital. 

While in hospital, the Battalion moved to the West Sandling Camp


Nov 15, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 25, 1916

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital diagnosed with VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Feb 2, 1916

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital at Cambridge


Mar 9, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Mar 21, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


May 12, 1916

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Jan 4, 1917

The 39th Reserve Battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Feb 7, 1917

Reverted to rank of Pte at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting Battalion in France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 8, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 12, 1917

Left the CBD to join his Battalion


Feb 15, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion.  The Battalion had just moved into the front lines near Vimy Ridge but Pte Gough most likely joined the Rear Party a few miles behind the front line.


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte Gough was first reported missing, but later was determined to have been killed and buried in a mass grave in a crater numbered CB 2 A. 

This crater was later renamed as the Lichfield Crater Cemetery

Following the attack, Pte Gough was to have been transferred to the 5th Field Canadian Engineers.  This was obviously cancelled as he did not survive the attack 

Post war, the following were sent to his father, William Gough, at Glenview North St, Motherwell Scotland; the British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll 

A Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Margaret Watson Gough, at the same address 

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