Warrant Officer II (BSM) Alfred Ernest Gould 43106 2nd Highland Bde. RFA

1887 Oct 22. Born at Brickfield Cottages, Woolwich, London, SE29

1891 census at 5 Brickfield Cottages, Keemore Street, St John's, Woolwich, London 

1901 census at 5 Brickfield Cottages, Keemor Street, St John, Woolwich, London 

1911 census I cannot find him

1913 Aug. On manouevres near Bordon in Hampshire 

His unit was sent to India and he appears to have been stationed at the Military Cantonment at Neemuch in India (where his daughter was born in 1914). His unit appears to have been part of the Indian 5th (MHOW) Division and by 1914 he had become a Battery Serjeant Major (possibly 99th Battery, XX Brigade RFA).

1914 Returned to UK in winter and became a member of the RFA contingent of the newly formed 27th Division at Morn Hill Camp, Winchester. The 27th Division was shipped to France in December 1914.

Married to Catherine Carey but no record of the marriage exists in England or Ireland

1920 May 14. Died Clonmel. He had been living at 11 College Street, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

He died of Chronic Gas Poisoning and Valvulus Disease of Heart Syncope, which is assumed to be the result of his being gassed during the war.

1920 May 17. Buried Clonmel (St Patricks) Cemetery


Soldiers Died in Ireland


April 1918 when he was mentioned in one of Allenby's dispatches from Palestine, when he was presumably then serving with one of the Divisions forming part of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. His MiD still shows him serving with the RFA.

He was gassed sometime during the Great War 'though I don't know where. He was discharged and died in 1920 from Pneumonia, contracted as a result of his being gassed. . Since he was not awarded a Silver War Medal, I assume he was not discharged as the result of his being gassed and was discharged in the normal way.

Was it possible for a soldier in an infantry regiment to be transferred into the RFA (there is some small evidence that he may have belonged to the Royal Irish Fusiliers in his early army career).

he was gassed in France and probably died as a result in 1920.