Lot Archive


№ 484


5 March 1996

Hammer Price:

A fine C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. group of ten awarded to Colonel F. W. Gossett, Royal Field Artillery
The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, C.B. (Military) neck badge in silver-gilt and enamels; The Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., neck badge in silver-gilt and enamels; Distinguished Service Order, G.V.R.; Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 5 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek (Capt., R.F.A.); King’s South Africa, 2 clasps (Capt., R.F.A.); 1914 Mons Star (Major, R.F.A.); British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. (Lt.Col.); Coronation 1911; Montenegro, Order of Danilo, 3rd class neck badge in silver-gilt and enamels, generally good very fine (10)

C.B. 1930; C.M.G. 1918; D.S.O. London Gazette 18 February, 1915.
London Gazette 20 August, 1901; 17 February, 1915; 15 June, 1916; 4 January and 11 December, 1917; 20 December, 1918; 5 July, 1919.
Francis William Gosett was born at the House of Commons, London, 20 October, 1876, son of Francis Russell Gossett, Deputy Sergeant-at-Arms, House of Commons. He was educated at Marlborough College, The Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and at the Staff College, Camberley. He joined the army on 2 November, 1895, and served on the staff in the South African War, as Staff-Captain, Intelligence, and was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including actions at Colenso, Spion Kop, Vaal Krantz and Pieter’s Hill; in Natal including action at Laing’s Nek; also in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and on the Zululand Frontier of Natal. Adjutant, Royal Horse Artillery, Woolwich, 1908-09; passed Staff College, Camberley, 1911; G.S.O. 3, War Office, 1913-14. He served in the Great War, as G.S.O. 2, with the British Expeditionary Force, from 5 October until 31 October, 1914, when he was severely wounded at Ypres. He served in France again, as G.S.O. 1, from 21 November, 1915, and was awarded the 3rd class of the Order of Danilo in December1916. G.S.O. 1 in charge of Education, British Army of the Rhine, 1919; Chief of British Delegation to Interallied Military Commission of Control for Austria, 1920, and for Hungary, 1921-22; Chief of Staff, Armaments Sub-Commission in Germany, 1924-26; Military Expert attached to British Embassy, Berlin, 1927-30; retired pay 1930. Colonel Gossett died, just six months after his father, on 18 January, 1931.