GOOCH, Gordon Douglas

No.5830375, Corporal, Gordon Douglas GOOCH
Aged 23

2nd Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment
Killed in Action on 28th January 1942

Gordon Douglas Gooch was born in Stanningfield on 12th September 1918 (4th qtr 1918 Sudbury 4a:1223) son of Tom and Clara GOOCH(née LAMBERT )

In the 1921 census he was 2 years 9 months old, in Shimpling, with his father Tom GOOCH [54] unemployed CC Labourer born Tostock; his mother Clara [44] born Cockfield; brothers Thomas [16] farm labourer born Cockfield, Edward [9] and Lelsie [8] both born Stanningfield; sisters Bessie [11] born Cockfield and Ethel [4] born Stanningfield.

In the 1939 register, a groom/chauffeur, he was at the Street, Shimpling with his widowed mother, brothers Edward [7-7-1911] a van driver, Leslie G [16-4-1913] farm labourer and Leonard [29-5-1921] on leave; sister Ethel May [29-10-1917].

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds
He died while the battalion were vainly attempting to hold back the Japanese Army advancing south towards Singapore. Records show he was killed about 2 miles south od Senggarang, but his body was never recovered.

photo CWGC

Gordon Gooch is commemorated on the Singapore memorial, column 57

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