Gooch, Edward Sinclair

Son of Mr J V Gooch of Cooper’s Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire, he came to Winchester from Rev. A. N. Malan’s school in Wokingham. In 1897, he joined the Lancashire Fusiliers and three years later was transferred to the 7th Hussars. He served in the latter part of the South African War where he received the Queen’s Medal. On his retirement from the Regular Army in 1902, he joined the Berkshire Yeomanry and was promoted to Major in September 1910. Early in 1915, he proceeded with his regiment to the Dardanelles and rendered conspicuous service in the fighting on August 21st. The Berkshires were the leading regiment of the brigade and Major Gooch was the first in the trenches when he received a bullet wound to the head. He was brought home to England on a hospital ship and died in London on September 21st 1915. His funeral took place with full military honours at St Andrew’s Episcopalian Church in Fort William.

Major Gooch married in 1903 Miss Eva Conway Everard-Jones and left one daughter. A photograph of his grave:

Further information can be found in Shaun Hullis’ book “In the Footsteps of Doughty-Wylie VC – Winchester College and the Gallipoli Campaign 1915-16”, pp 65-67 (Winchester College publication 2011).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gooch
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Sinclair
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1892-1897
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Berkshire Yeomanry
  • Date of Birth: 26th February 1879
  • Date of Death: 21st September 1915
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A1
  • Decoration: NA