Gould, Patrick Wallace


Son of Alexander Augustus Gould of St. Peter’s Point, Guernsey. Before entering Mr. Morshead’s he was at Kingsgate House, then a prepatory school. He was appointed House Prefect in his last year and played in Commoner XV. At the outbreak of war he enlisted, with his friend John Savill Tatham (E, 1903-1907), killed in action 9/2/1917; see individual entry) in the Royal Fusiliers and in June 1915 was given a commission in the 9th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Both he and Tatham were commissioned at the same time to the same Battalion and their arrival in France is described in Tatham’s letters home, which also go on to describe their life in the trenches over the next few months. They were held in reserve to start with, and moved into the front line on 1st January 1916,¬†encountering another Old Wykehamist, Eric Benson MC (A1901-1906) who commanded the battalion before his death in September 1916 (see individual entry).

Gould was killed in action on the Somme on 24th August 1916 in the last throes of the battle for Delville Wood. His body was never found, and he is commemorated on pier and face 13A-13B of the Thiepval Memorial.

Patrick Gould married in 1909 Miss Muriel Helen Matheson and left two sons.

Source: John Tatham’s letters “Letters Home from John Savill Tatham” was printed for private circulation after his death. A copy is available for inspection in the College Archives.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gould
  • Forenames or initials: Patrick Wallace
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1902-1906
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 27th September 1887
  • Date of Death: 24th August 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL: Pier and Face 13A and 13B.