• Frances James Goss

Army / Flying Corps
  • 42nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 52nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 40th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 13th Brigade
  • 7th Brigade
  • 11th Brigade
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Private

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    Unknown
  • Birth

    Avoca, TAS, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Claremont / Main Rd, Claremont TAS 7011, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Francis James GOSS died 13/6/1971, age 75, and is interred in the Springvale Cemetery, Vic AWM NAA Gary Parsons 26th Bn. researcher.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Monday, 10 May 2021

    Francis James GOSS died 13/6/1971, age 75, and is interred in the Springvale Cemetery, Vic

    Francis James GOSS died 13/6/1971, age 75, and is interred in the Springvale Cemetery, Vic
    • The Men of "D" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Thursday, 10 June 2021

    Daily Telegraph (Launceston, Tas), Monday 20 August 1917, page 2 AT THE FRONT WITH THE TASMANIANS. TWO STRENUOUS FIGHTS. Corporal Francis J. Goss writing to his mother, Mrs Thomas Goss of Mount Nicholas, from "somewhere in France," states that he was well after two strenuous fight. "I got through." he writes, "two charges just recently that I never thought was possible for any human being to pass through un-hurt. I had plenty of horrible close shaves. A piece of shell cut away a piece of my trousers and just burnt the skin. I was the only N.C.O. to come out of my platoon after it was all over. I ran just the same risks as the others, and do the same fighting. You seem to have great luck," the boys are always saying. I look at it in a different light. I have just seen Jack Hefford, also Barney Ford, Jack Morgison, and Alex. Parsons. Daily Post (Hobart, Tas), Monday 20 May 1918, page 3 A MOUNT NICHOLAS SOLDIER VISITS ROME. Sergeant F. J. Goss, of Mount Nicholas, writing to his mother (Mrs. T. Goss) says:—Just a few lines to let you know I am well. I am sorry I have kept you waiting so long for a letter. When I explain to you you will know why. I think I mentioned in the last dozen letters or more, I suppose, that I was going on leave. Well, the time has come and gone, and I had my leave alright. I can tell you I had a real good time, going to Paris first, then on to Rome. I had four and a half days in Paris, and five and a half in Rome. It took me about six days’ travelling overland by train. I enjoyed the trip thoroughly. It has done me the world of good; but, unfortunately, I had to go through it all on my own, as my mate, Corporal Crisp, took ill at the last moment, and had to go to the hospital. Although on my own, I had a wonderful time. It was a real adventure, absolutely. I passed through two countries, each having a language of its own, and I not being able to speak either, so you can imagine what my task was like, a distance of about 300 miles overland to the destination of my trip. As soon as I arrived in Rome I met a lady from New Zealand, and we made great friends to each other. She took me round, and showed me all the sights of Rome that time would allow me to see. She also took me to a good hotel, and to restaurants, where a lot of English people go for meals, and introduced me to a great number of her English friends. I thought it was so good of her. I was the only Australian soldier in Rome at the time. I seemed to be a novelty. Every time I stopped I was surrounded by a crowd of Italians, asking me if I could speak Italian; but I could not. I could tell when they were talking about me when around me by the way they pronounced Australia. I could easily detect the work Australiaran. I heard four national Allied bands playing together while I was there. It was simply lovely, too. They were the following:— British, French, American, and Italian. Rome is a wonderful place, for buildings etc., and very ancient, being built as far back as 1300 years ago. I do not think Rome as beautiful as Paris, but do not think either places are as good as London. My lady friend I met in Rome has been there ten years. Her name is Miss Palmer. She asked me for your address, so that she could write to you, and tell you she saw me in Rome. Mrs. Goss has received the following from Miss Palmer, from Rome:—I think it may please you to hear that I saw your soldier son many times while he was in Rome on leave. He was looking so very well. As I was born in Australia, I am always so pleased to see the boys, and do anything I can for them, and so proud of them, and all they have done. I trust you will soon have your son home again with you well and sound, and that this terrible war may soon come to an end.—Yours sincerely, C. A. PALM ER. Since the receipt of the above Mrs. T. Goss has received word from Base Re-cords, Melbourne, that her son, Sergeant F. J. Goss, has been wounded in France, after three years' service in Egypt, Gallipoli, and France. Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Monday 19 May 1919, page 2 RETURNING SOLDIERS Mr. and Mrs. T. Goss, Mt. Nicholas have been advised that their son, Sergeant F. J. Goss, is returning home per troopship Trosos Montes, due at Melbourne yesterday. He has been four years on active service, having served on Gallipoli and in France, where he gained Major-General Sir H. V. Cox's congratulations for gallantry under fire near Moquet Farm. World (Hobart, Tas), Wednesday 18 June 1919, page 6 Soldiers Welcomed Our Mount Nicholas correspondent writes that a hearty welcome was accorded to Sergeant F. J. Goss, second son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Goss, on his return to Mount Nicholas. After the returned Anzac had renewed acquaintances, Mr. Ledger welcomed him back on behalf of the Mount Nicholas residents. Mr. T. Hollow welcomed the sergeant back on behalf of the Miners' Rifle Club. Sergeant Goss had been one of the founders of the club. Sergeant Goss returned thanks, and said he was pleased to be home again after four and a half years' service, during which time, he had been through the Gallipoli campaign and in France. Those assembled adjourned to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Goss, where supper, games, and musical items were indulged in. A public welcome will be given Sergeant Goss at a later date.