122 GOUGH, John Joseph

J J Gough

 122  John “Jack” Joseph GOUGH

 

2nd Corp. 122 John (Jack) Joseph Gough or JJ,  was born at No4 Bent st Paddington, Sydney. He was born in 1889  and attended Paddington public school. When he enlisted at 25 year of age. He was a steam engine driver and his skills and level of responsibility meant he was quickly promoted to lance corporal  within a few weeks of enlisting and then later promoted to 2nd Corporal in January 1915.

When JJ enlisted he stated he was living at Smiths Creek, Queensland and engaged in Mining work and his father John Gough was noted as his NOK, was also living at Smith’s Creek, Queensland.

On landing day at Gallipoli , Jack Gough was reportedly on the 3rd boat ashore, and was dodging bullets all the way onto the beach. He was shot twice through his pack and through a part of his clothing.  A lucky escape for “JJ” on this day, unfortunately 9 weeks later JJ was Killed in Action… circumstances unknown.

Elizabeth (Bessie) was not aware of her son’s death until the newspapers printed it in early August. Her husband who was in fact the next of kin had separated from the family some 15 years earlier and she was unaware of his whereabouts until she received a letter from the Dunwich Asylum advising her of his sudden death a few months after her sons.

Bessie received a letter stating that her husband John had died  on 24th September and he had been in the Benevolent Asylum in Dunwich , a state-run institution on North Stradbroke Island Queensland predominantly for the poor and destitute.
Bessie was correct in Jacks father being absent for 15 years, but it appears she was not aware of his whereabouts or even her sons knowledge of his fathers circumstances. Perhaps JJ secretly knew of his father circumstances all along, as he placed his father as next of Kin and indicated on enlistment he was living at the same address as his father. Jack must have felt his father needed the money. These past few months must have been extremely difficult for JJ”s mother Bessie, and his brother George and sister Ida.

SECOND-CORPORAL J. J. GOUGH.

PublishedThe Sydney Morning Herald NSW, Saturday 14 August 1915.

“Second-corporal J. J. Gough (killed in action) was the eldest son of Mrs. Gough, of Bellevue Hill. He was employed as an engineer by the North Sydney Municipality. The 1st Field Company of Engineers, of which he was a member, was specially selected to accompany the famous Third Brigade, and deceased was in the third boat ashore. He was twice shot, through the back and through his clothing, while on the beach, and was eventually killed on July 9, after having been for nine weeks under fire.” Source nla.news-article15607242

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“Corporal Jack J Gough was killed in action on July 9 , 1915 and sleeps on Gallipoli Peninsula with comrades just as brave.”

This line is quoted from an article published in both the Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail in August 1916 a year after JJ was killed.

JJ was one of 29 soldiers who all came from Bent- street, a narrow thoroughfare in Paddington Sydney which consisted of only 30 houses . A year after JJ’ s death the press took advantage of this remarkable statistic and published a story with portraits, commenting on how Brent street and its men had become quite famous and had…..

“created widespread interest and the remark was commonly heard that Brent street had set an admirable example to the whole of the commonwealth”. Source Sydney Mail Aug 9 , 1916.

jjGough Bent st no3

No 4 Bent street still stands today and after 100 years little change has changed to the small cottage or the street appearance where John Gough was born.

Jack Gough was a well-loved man, the large number of insertions in the SMH on the honour roll from saddened friends and family was a testimony to his popularity back home.

GOUGH – Killed in action at the Dardanelles, July 9 1915 Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack), aged 26 years (1st Field Company Engineers)  

A noble end to a noble life

Inserted by his sorrowing mother, sister, and brother, lda and George, of Rivers street, Bellevue Hill

GOUGH – killed in action at the Dardanelles, July 9 1915 Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack), aged 26 years (1st Field Company Engineers)  

He gave his life for his country  

Inserted by his loving aunt, Inez F. Bell

GOUGH – Killed in action at the Dardanelles July 9 1915

Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack.), aged 26 years (1st Field Company Engineers)      

He give his life for his country – Inserted by his loving uncle Percy Blow

GOUGH -killied in action at the Dardanelles July 9  

Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack) 1st Field Company Engineers aged 26. He died as he lived honourably. Inserted by his sorrowing aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs J. N. Blow, St Leonards

GOUGH – killed in action at the Dardanelles, July 9 1915 Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack), aged 26 years (1st Field Company Engineers)    

A brave ending to a brave man

Inserted by his sorrowing relative P .A. Temple.

GOUGH– killed in action at the Dardanelles, July 9 1915 Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack), aged 26 years (1st Field Company Engineers)    

A noble ending to a noble life

Inserted by his sorrowing friend Beattie Watson

GOUGH-Killed in action at the Dardanelles July

9 1915 Second corporal J. J. Gough (Jack), aged   26 years (1st Field Company Engineers)  

He gave his life for his country

Inserted by his loving friend Ivy Harrison

GOUGH (Jack) Killed in action, July 9 at Gallipoli  

His life for King and country What more ? Sadly missed by G. and G. McCabe.    

GOUGH -Corporal J. J. Gough, 1st Company Field  

Engineers killed In action at the Dardanelles He knew no fear. Inserted by his late friends, Ellie and Ray.

GOUGH.-killed in action at Gillipoli on July 9  

Corporal J. J. Gough (Jack) beloved eldest son of Mrs. Cough of Bellevue Hill aged 26 years Nobly he lived nobly he died. Inserted by his friends

Mrs J. Rankin and Ellie.  

shrapnel Valley JJ Gough

GOUGH
2nd Corporal John Joseph, 122, 1 Field Coy Engineers, AIF.
Killed in action 9 July 1915, aged 26.
Shrapnel Valley Cemetery I.C.31.
Epitaph:
In Proud And
Deepest Sympathy
My Soldier Son Jack

AWM poppies wall

AWM Map 1- Panel 23
AWM Map 1- Panel 23

Roll of Honour name projection

John Joseph Gough’s name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory on:

  • Tue 11 August, 2015 at 3:57 am
  • Wed 30 September, 2015 at 12:47 am
  • Sat 28 November, 2015 at 11:30 pm
  • Wed 27 January, 2016 at 2:02 am
  • Fri 25 March, 2016 at 12:41 am
  • Thu 12 May, 2016 at 12:47 am
  • Thu 23 June, 2016 at 6:02 am
  • Fri 5 August, 2016 at 1:12 am
  • Thu 22 September, 2016 at 11:54 pm

Sources: AWM, NAA, NLA

Biography Notes:  Copyright – Vance Kelly 2015

Footnotes:

1. Ancestry Information:

Mother’s name was Elizabeth J.M  Blow and she married John Gough in 1888 in Paddington

Siblings of JJ were…….

Brother George F  …. Born 1893, he married Gertrude E Smith in 1918. Paddington

Sister  – Ida Mary  – Born 1891, she married Percy F Flower in 1923. Paddington. In 1931 she is registered at the same address as her mother in 1917 “Kosciusko” 30 Rivers st Bellevue Hill and she was a music teacher. Her husband was not registered at the same address at this time.

She remains at this address up to 1963 and is still a music teacher.

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