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Private Joseph Goosey

28227 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Gravestone courtesy of
Mark Hollis, 2014
Son of Mr Alfred & Mrs Mary A Goosey
Husband of Mrs Elizabeth Beatrice (later Carpenter)

Aged 36 years

Died 26th December 1917

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Cemetery
Grave XXXIX. H.4.

Born at Irchester, enlisted at Rushden
The Rushden Echo Friday 23 October 1914, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Irchester Soldier Wounded - May Proved Troublesome

Private J Goosey, son of Mr S Goosey, of Farndish-road, Irchester, and a reservist of the Beds regiment, writes to say that he has been injured. He has been conveyed from France to hospital in Kent, from where he sends a message to the effect that his elbow has been badly hurt. We understand that the wound does not endanger his life, but may prove very troublesome from the point of view of the usage of the limb.

The Rushden Echo Friday 11 January 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Victim of the War Private J Goosey's Death Killed by Sniper

We regret to learn that Mrs J Goosey, of 49 Midland-road, Rushden, has received unofficial intimation of the death in action on December 31st, 1917, of her husband Pte J Goosey, of the Northants Regiment. The sad news was first sent by Pte Geo. Hurst, of Higham Ferrers, who wrote that the late Pte Goosey, was shot by a sniper and died instantly. Further confirmation has been received through the medium of the letter from a Wellingborough comrade.

The late Pte Goosey had been in France about twelve months, and was wounded in both legs in July last, but his injuries were not considered sufficiently serious to warrant his being sent to England. Pte Goosey was mobilised with the Territorials in August, 1914, but by reason of his poor health was kept in England until about twelve months ago. Had he lived he would have completed his salutatory period of service this month. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn their loss, one other little girl having passed away on December 1st, 1915, whilst her father was away from home.

Before mobilisation, Pte Goosey was employed by Messrs. West Brothers, boot manufacturers, Higham Ferrers.

He was a well-known footballer, having played for Rushden Town, Rushden Windmill Club, Rothwell Town, and the Higham Y.M.C. Institute.

Mrs Goosey has also lost a brother through the war, viz., the late Sergt Harry Thompson, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, who was killed on Nov. 23rd, 1916.

The Wellingborough News Friday 18 January 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Footballer Killed

Official news has been received that Pte Goosey, of Midland-road, Rushden, has been killed in action by a sniper while with the Northants Regt. in France. Pte Goosey was wounded through the legs in July last, and had been in France for 12 months. He was mobilised with the Territorials in 1914, but owing to poor health was not sent to France for a long time. He leaves a widow and three children. The deceased played football for local and district clubs before the war.

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