1. Memorial:Delville Wood CemeteryPanel 21 and 31. Longueval
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.123
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour16D GQS

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Family :

Son of Edward and Esther Gosschalk, of Hull.
Wool Merchant, Hull (1914).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 6/King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Att 

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Detail :

Peter - from a brief entry in Fallen Officers in The Times of 5th September 1916 it adds he was educated at Hymer's College, Hull and was a partner in Messrs Dumoulin and Gosschalk - Merchants and Importers, Hull. From what I can find with a quick google they were wool and hide merchants in Hull - and this was shown as his Dutch born father Edward's occupation in the 1891 census - (can't find them quickly in 1901) From that census his eldest brother was Maurice (14) - he may well have been the Maurice responsible for founding the law firm in Hull - Gosschalks

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Kingston No. 1010 E.C.Yorkshire (North & East Ridings)

4th February 1914
4th March 1914
6th March 1914


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