Private - Royal Scots Guards - 8th Battalion - Service No. 14710191
Edward Roy Gould was born on 7th May 1925 in Southwark. His father was Samuel Gould, a Licensed Victualler, and his mother was Ruby Maude (née Rey). The first school that he attended was Stansted School.
In 1937 Edward Gould joined The County School for Boys – now known as Gravesend Grammar School. The Head Master at that time was the Reverend Samuel Lister. The County School for Boys was located in Darnley Road, Gravesend close to the Railway Station (now the Victoria Centre for Education). In 1938 the School moved to brand new premises in Church Walk, Milton, Gravesend opposite to Milton Church.
The School’s Admission Register lists Edward’s address as The Horse and Groom Inn, Stansted. Whilst at the School, Edward was in Downs House.
In 1940 Edward left the School. In World War Two he enlisted as a Private in the Royal Scots, 8th Battalion, Service Number 14710191.
The following is taken from the Stansted Roll of Honour:
“Private EDWARD ROY GOULD, 14710191, of the 8th Battalion, Royal Scots apparently did not leave details of his next of kin, although it is known that his father was the chauffeur at Court Lodge and that the family lived in the Horse & Groom cottages. Private Gould was probably a late conscript and possibly even allocated from a reinforcement depôt. The Royal Scots are Britain’s first Royal Regiment and historically the 1st Regiment of Foot. This heritage Private Gould would have been made aware of in his training. The Royal Scots, as part of the 21st Army Group, landed in Normandy on the 14th June 1944 and fought all the way up through France and Belgium, taking part in clearing the vital Scheldt Estuary, and on into Holland to the Nijmegen Salient. Pausing to cross the Rhine and pass into the Lower Rhineland and over the River Emms they reached the outskirts of Aurich, a small town halfway between Emden and Wilhelmshaven, by May 1st. Here after days of constant patrolling and mopping-up the last resisters of the defeated German army in the Stats Forest 19-year-old Edward Gould died on the 2nd May, 1945, just six days before the end of the war in Europe was officially over. He is buried in grave 2A F9 in the Hamburg Cemetery on the outskirts of that city.”
There are links below to Newspaper Clippings and Photographs from the Gravesend Grammar School Archives.
Below are links to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and a few other websites that might be of interest: