Born: 16 February 1896 in Hengoed, Shropshire and baptised 25 June 1896 at Hengoed Parish Church.
Family: He was the third of eight children born to William Gosnell, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Alice Spender Quarter 4 1917 in Sevenoaks, Kent. The couple had five children, Rosetta, Dorothy, John E, Eva and Violet.
Residence: In 1901 John`s family were living at Marley Green, Marbury, Cheshire. Ten years later John`s address was Cross o`th Hill, Marbury , Cheshire. The 1919 Absent Voters List has an address of 43A Newtown for him. It is probable that he and his family were living at 61 Sheriffhales, Shifnal, Shropshire in 1939, though his name does not appear on the Register.
Employment: In 1911 John`s occupation was described as a cow lad on a farm.
Died: Quarter 1 1956 in Warwick, Warwickshire.
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Service Number: 290430 (previously 132)
Date of Enlistment: Not known
Date of Discharge: Not known
Reason For Discharge: Not known
Other Information: Two of John`s brothers also served in WW1. His older brother, William, was in the Royal Engineers. Sadly he died of an illness in the U.K. on 15 January 1916, aged 22. He is commemorated on Whitchurch War Memorial. A younger brother, George, served in the Tank Corps.