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Rene Gosset came form a military family, and followed his father and grandfather into the army early in the war. He was the son of Colonel and Mrs Edward Gosset, of Dunkirk House, Dunkirk - now Courtenay House. He was born in Camberley, Surrey in 1894 and baptised in the parish of Yorktown; at the time, his father was a Captain in the East Yorkshire Regiment. In the 1901 census he was living with his mother Mary in Branksome Terrace Bournemouth in the household of Mrs Sarah Jones. In the 1911 census his mother and father were living at The Gables, Eynsham, Oxfordshire, and Rene is remembered on the War Memorial there as well as at Dunkirk.
Rene followed in his father’s footsteps into the same regiment, and his army record shows that he embarked for France in September 1914 as a Second Lieutenant at the age of 19. When he died on the Somme in September 1916 he was an Acting Captain. In March 1916, he had announced his engagement to Irene, eldest daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Molesworth.
The 1st Battalion, The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) went to France with 18th Brigade, 6th Division, joining the BEF at the Battle of the Aisne. In November 1915 it was transferred to 64th Brigade, 21st Division with which it remained for the rest of the war on the Western Front. In 1916 They were in action in the Battles of The Somme, including The Battle of Morval in which the Division captured Geudecourt.
Captain Gosset is remembered with honour at Serre Road Cemetery No 2, Somme, France, where his grave reference is XVI. G. 9. There are now 7,127 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery, mostly dating from 1916. Of these, 4,944 are unidentified.
He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church.
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Serre Road Cemetery No 2