Horace Leslie GOUGH

GOUGH, Horace Leslie

Service Number: 2007
Enlisted: 20 November 1916, Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 36th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bathurst, NSW, 23 December 1890
Home Town: East Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: East Maitland
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Battle of Passchendale, 12 October 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour Book, Bathurst War Memorial Carillon, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

20 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2007, 36th Infantry Battalion, Sydney, NSW

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

HORACE LESLIE GOUGH was born at Bathurst, New South Wales, on 23rd December, 1890, the son of Mr. Henry Alexander Gough and Mrs. Amy Margaretta Gough. He was educated at East Maitland.

He entered the Bank’s service at Armidale, New South Wales, on 4th April, 1907; was transferred to Narrabri as ledger-keeper in August, 1911; to Moree, in June, 1913; and to Forbes as teller in January, 1916.

Horace Gough enlisted on 20th November, 1916, in the 6th Reinforcements Light Trench Mortar Battery, A.I.F., transferring later to the 36th Battalion. He went to France and took part in the Battle of Passchendaele. When his corporal was wounded Private Gough took charge of the section, and was himself wounded by a machine gun bullet. He dropped into a shell-hole full of water and was pulled out by a comrade, who left him in order to rejoin his company. He was not seen again, and though at first reported “missing” was afterwards officially reported as “killed in action” on 12th October, 1917.

Source - Bank of NSW Roll of Honour