X61 Y 88 W 528 H 33
The next pages have a list of the Gottses known to have fought in WW1 from Ancestry, CWGC, Find My Past and Forces War Records websites. We have 101 Gottses, out of which I have managed to identify 76 of them by their reference number and the tree number they are in. I have collected many of their records and I can share these. If anyone recognises a relative then please let me know and I will amend the list.
The next page has videos of the Roll of Honour at the Tower of London in 2014
Use the Dropdown menu under ‘Pages To See’ to access the stories of Gottses I have been able to document.
I want to build up a picture of as many of these Gottses as possible, in terms of what happened to them and any other information we have. Vivienne Hayward has already done this for Charles Herbert Gotts with her article in the Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Family History Society magazine describing life in the trenches shown here.
‘Casualty’ is a word that sanitises it all.
Try using instead 'soldier with half his face shot off' or 'soldier lying in the mud screaming in pain, imploring his mates to shoot him because he can't stand the pain'.
Whilst 'died' means anything from blown apart by a shell in your trench, dying of your wounds after 48 hours lying shot in No Mans Land or the same period in the hospital clearing station.
How else can you cope with the horrors of war when you are in the middle of it.