Friday, August 24, 2012

John Thomas Gudsell

John Thomas Gudsell

Private John Thomas Gudsell (killed) was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs R. Gudsell, Christchurch, and was born at Springfield 27 years ago. He enlisted in the 20th Reinforcements. He came of fighting stock, his grandfather, Mr Thomas Gudsell, of Division street, Riccarton, being a Crimea veteran. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Messrs P. and D. Duncan's foundry for seven years. He was an old member of the Linwood Football Club.

Press, Volume LIII, Issue 16047, 1 November 1917, Page 8

GUDSELL — In loving memory of Private John Thomas Gudsell, killed in action October 4th, 1917, dearly beloved youngest son of Mr and Mrs R. Gudsell.
To-day as we look at your photo,
A soldier so noble and true,
Do you know that our hearts are aching
And longing, dear Jack, for you?
How noble were the words he spoke
Before he went away:
It's every Briton's duty, mother,
To join in this great fray.
—Inserted by his sorrowing mother and father.
Press, Volume LIV, Issue 16334, 4 October 1918, Page 1









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