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George William GOTT

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Surname: GOTT

Forename(s): George William

Place of Birth: Cowling, Yorkshire

Service No: 17994

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/4th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1918-04-13

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. A. 11.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

George William Gott was the son of James William and Sarah Gott, née Heaton. Both parents were born at Cowling, Yorkshire.

1901 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: 1, Gill Top - George Wm. Gott, aged 7 years, born Cowling, son of James Wm. and Sarah Gott.

1911 Cononley, Yorkshire Census: 18, Aireview - George Wm. Gott, aged 17 years, born Cowling, Yorkshire. [George was boarding with Hannah Wormwell, widow.]

The British Army Service Record for George William Gott exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte George W. Gott, 17994, W. Rid. R. Pres. Dead 13.4.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte George William Gott, 17994, 9th W. Rid. R.; 2nd W. Rid. R. 1/4 W. Rid. R. Presumed Dead 13.4.18.

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: GOTT

Forename(s): George William

Born: Cowling, Yorks

Residence: Cowling

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 17994

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/4th Battalion


Died Date: 13/04/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: GOTT

Forename(s): G W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 17994

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/4th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 13/04/1918

Additional Information: Son of James William Gott, of Gill Top, Cowling, Keighley. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: GILL TOP COWLING NEAR KEIGHLEY YORKSHIRE)


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George William Gott: third row, fifth from the left. [Next item is a list of names for the photograph]

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OUR FIGHTING RETREAT FROM ARMENTIÈRES: THE FIVE DAYS’ DEFENCE OF ERQUINGHEM. DRAWN BY H. W. KOEKKOEK FROM MATERIAL SUPPLIED BY AN EYE-WITNESS. Erquinghem is about two miles west of Armentières (seen in the distance in the right background of our drawing), and lies on the road (seen in the middle distance on the right) leading west by south to Estaires and Merville. A pontoon-bridge over the River Lys is shown on the extreme left in the background. In the right foreground is the British first-line trench, and further to the left are rows of sectional trenches. Writing on April 11, Mr. H. Perry Robinson said: “When the success of the first attack on Ploegsteert permitted the Germans to pour through on the north side, while on the south side the fighting was going on about Estaires, the threat to our garrison in the Armentières area was evidently so great, with the enemy nearly making contact from both flanks in the rear, that it was withdrawn first to Erquinghem soon after midday yesterday, and then to a line in front of Nieppe, which line we still hold.” [The 1/4th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) fought in and around Erquinghem on the 10th April 1918]

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28 January 1916

CONONLEY – Called Up

The following young men left Cononley on Saturday last, being called up in the first four groups under the Derby scheme, viz., G. Gott, C. Fielding, and A. Cooper. On Wednesday, H. Wilson and C. Whiteroak were called up.

03 March 1918

CONONLEY – War Matter

Private Geo. Gott, Ernest Lee, and Cuthbert Turner are at home on leave from the front. Gunner Chris Hudson, who is now in Egypt, has been twice mentioned in despatches for devotion to duty.

17 May 1918


Information has been received by Mr. Wormwell, of Aire View, Cononley, (with whom he lodged), that Pte. Geo. Gott was wounded on April 13th.

29 August 1919


Information has come to hand of the discovery of Pte. Geo. William Gott’s grave. Pte. Gott joined up in January 1916 under the Derby scheme; he was attached to the Duke of Wellington’s, and went to France. He was invalided home suffering from an attack of dysentery in the summer of 1917, and was sent to a hospital at Bournemouth where he remained for upwards of six months, and when convalescence was over was sent to North Shields. He was again sent out with a batch of Wellington’s from Tynemouth in March of 1918, and on the 13th of the following month, while going up the line, he was struck in the stomach with a piece of shrapnel, and information was received from another soldier that he had conveyed him to a field hospital. From that time forward all trace of him was lost, and he was reported as missing.

The Registrar of Graves has now informed his father, Mr. J. W. Gott, of Cowling, that Pte. Gott’s grave is on a roadside in the neighbourhood of Balloul [Bailleul]. Pte. Gott, for a number of years, resided with his Aunt, Mrs. Wormwell, at Aireview, Cononley, and he was formerly employed as a traveller for Messrs. C. Lowcock and Sons, clothiers, etc., Skipton. He was of a very cheery disposition, and was highly esteemed in the village, where mournful satisfaction is felt that his resting place has been discovered.

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12 January 1917


The committee having the above matter in hand must feel amply repaid for their services in arranging for the despatch of parcels to the Cononley boys at the front. At a meeting held on Monday night at the Village Institute a balance sheet was presented showing how the sum of £30 2s. the proceeds of a concert and tea held in November last, had been dealt with. Of the 60 parcels sent out to France, Salonika, and various training centres in England the majority of the recipients had replied thanking the committee for the kindness and generosity of the people of Cononley in remembering them in so practical a manner. The sum of about 19 guineas had been expended in providing the parcels, which each contained a supply of confectionery, cigars, cigarettes, and a number of small but useful articles for men on active service. The ones for the boys at the front were more bulky than those for the boys in training in England. Each parcel contained a letter written by one of the children attending the Council School, and quite a budget of replies have been received by them. All the replies are couched in the most optimistic and cheerful terms, and it is very noticeable that all of the writers from the front have described the brighter side of warfare, evidently being undesirous of upsetting children’s minds. One characteristic letter from Pte. Geo. Gott, who had been buried by the bursting of a shell at the front, but who fortunately had been rescued, and is now in hospital in England, reads as follows:– “Dear Roddy,– I was very pleased indeed to find your letter enclosed in the parcel which I received to-day from the Cononley Soldiers’ Comforts Fund. It is very kind of the people of Cononley to go to such trouble and expense in sending us these splendid parcels, but all the boys will appreciate them, I am sure, especially those who are out at the front. Am pleased to say I am improving fine, and hope to spend a few days’ leave in Cononley soon. Am sorry I cannot send you a souvenir from the Somme. I had several things, including a revolver which I got from an officer in the Prussian Guards, but lost them all when I was buried. Will close with best wishes for a happy Christmas. Yours sincerely, Geo. Gott.” Another, Pte. Norman Baines, writes from the front:– “I have had a jolly good Christmas under the circumstances. We had an excellent dinner, roast meat, plum pudding, etc., etc. At night we had a good concert, got up by the boys of our battalion, and it was a treat. I was buried a few weeks ago with other seven, five inside and three outside the dug-out. We were fetching some wounded men in. My mate and I had just got to the door with a lad who had had his leg broken when a shell came and buried us all, breaking my mate’s leg, too, but I am pleased to say we got them all out little worse for the shock. Am keeping in the best of health and spirits, I am pleased to say, and I hope I shall continue so till this job is over.” The children are all proud of their letters, and will no doubt keep them for many years to come as mementos of the great war. A sum of £10 10s. 2d. still remains in hand, which the committee have decided to spend in providing a further supply of socks and some useful articles requested by the boys at the front. Miss Clayton, the secretary, who has had charge of the fund, and the committee of ladies who have assisted her, deserve special recognition for their services.

17 May 1918


Cononley Soldier Wounded

Information was received some little time ago by Mrs. Wormwell, of Aire View, Cononley, with whom he lodged, that Pte. George Gott had been wounded on April 13th, but no further news has been received as to his whereabouts.

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