Australia Service Medal : Lieutenant G Gosse, Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Accession Number REL35097.007
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Medal
Physical description Nickel Silver
Location Main Bld: Hall of Valour: Main Hall: George Cross
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1949-1950
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Australia Service Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

History / Summary

Presented to Lieutenant G Gosse, RANVR. Born in Harvey, Western Australia on 16 February 1912, George Gosse was educated at the Collegiate School of St Peter, Adelaide and, in 1926, entered the Royal Australian Naval College, Jervis Bay. Gosse served in HMA Ships Canberra and Australia and in 1931 went to England for further sea-training and courses with the Royal Navy. However, after twice failing his examinations for lieutenant, he was sent home to Australia and his appoitment terminated in October 1933. On 21 October 1940 he enlisted as an ordinary seaman in the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) and was commissioned sub lieutenant in April 1941 while posted to HMS King Alfred. In December he joined HMIS Hooghly at Calcutta, India, as mine disposal officer and was made provisional lieutenant in February 1942. From late 1944 Lieutenant Gosse served in HMS Vernon at Brixham, Devon, England, the base for the RN's port-clearance diving operations in Europe and in April 1945 was sent to Breman, Germany after the capture of that port. Lieutenant Gosse was awarded the George Cross for his actions in dis-arming mines in Breman Harbour during May 1945. Lieutenant Gosse was promoted to acting lieutenant commander on 30 September 1945 and demobilized on 20 March 1946. In 1953 Lieutenant Commander Gosse was chosen as a member of the coronation contingent which went to England in HMAS Sydney. He died at Maslin Beach, South Australia on 31 December 1964.