Friend of Percy Lemmon and son to Luke George Goss Sr. (189837) and brother to William Henry Goss (880838).
Excerpt from IODE Books of Remembrance
Private Luke George Goss went overseas with the 186th Battalion March 28th,1918 [sic], training at Bramshott Camp until September 8th, 1917, when he proceeded to France drafted to the 18th Battalion. He served until January 10th, 1918, when he was admitted to hospital with blood poisoning in the left arm, and returned to England January 22nd. After convalescence he was sent to Witley for discharge and left for Canada December 8th, 1918, arriving at Halifax December 14th.
Private Luke George Goss received his honourable discharge January 19th, 1919, being medically unfit for further military service, and due to demobilization.
Summary of Service[i] for Private Luke George Goss Jr., reg. no. 880610
|May 21, 1898||Born||Born at Willesden, Middlesex, England to Luke George Goss. This man is also a member of the CEF having joined the Enlists with the 91st Overseas Battalion at St. Thomas, Ontario on January 10, 1916.|
|April 3, 1916||Enlists||This man enlists with the 186th Overseas Battalion at Chatham, Ontario. He is a 17-year, 11-month-old clerk residing at 329 Lacroix Street, Chatham, Ontario. He stands 5’3.5” tall and has a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. He weighs 113 pounds and has a chest of 29.25” with an expansion of 2”. He is a member of the Church of England. He may have been employed at J.L Hudson Company, Detroit, Michigan, before enlisting.|
|April 1916||Separation Allowance||Assigns $20.00 per month to Ida Stedman, the children’s’ guardian.|
|April and May 1916||Vaccinated and Inoculated|
|September 4, 1916||Admitted||Admitted to Base Hospital, Toronto, Ontario of Otitis Media.|
|September 14, 1916||Discharged|
|September 27, 1916||Submits PARTICULARS OF FAMILY OF AN OFFICER OR MAN ENLISTED IN C.E.F.||This man is single and is insured with the Prudential Live Insurance Company.
His next of kin is Ada Steadman.
|March 1917||Assigns Pay||Assigns pay to the children’s’ guardian, Harry Collins, in the amount of $20.00 a month. This man is the Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Patriotic Fund Branch of Chatham, Ontario.|
|March 25, 1917||Embarked||Embarked for England at Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Lapland.|
|April 1, 1917||Assigns Pay||Assigns $20.00 per month to self. Bank account at the Bank of Montreal, Chatham, Ontario.|
|April 7, 1917||Arrives England||Arrives via the S.S. Lapland.|
|April 7, 1917||Taken On Strength||TOS to the 4th Reserve Battalion.|
|September 5, 1917||Proceeded Overseas||Proceeded overseas to join the 18th Battalion.|
|September 6, 1917||Posted||Posted from 4th Reserve Battalion to 18th Battalion.|
|September 6, 1917||Arrives||Arrives at 2nd Canadian Infantry Depot, Etaples, France.|
|September 17, 1917||Arrives||Arrives at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.|
|November 20, 1917||Arrives[ii]||Arrives with the 18th Battalion, in the field.
The Battalion is encamped at Villers au Bois for training. He arrives with 55 other ranks and Lieuts J.N. MACRAE and E.L. ADDY.
|January 15, 1918||Sick[iii]||I.C.T. (inflammation of connective tissue) left arm and posted to No. 58 Casualty Clearing Station.|
|January 19, 1918||Transferred||Still suffering from I.C.T. he is transferred to No. 2 Australian General Hospital.|
|January 21, 1918||Transferred||Transferred via H.M.H.S. St. Denis to England and posted to the Western Ontario Regimental Depot.|
|January 21, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to the War Hospital, Gruilford.|
|February 26, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom.|
|April 11, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to West Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital, Folkestone, England. Otitis Media.|
|April 19, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to Canadian Special Military Hospital, Etchinghill.|
|November 24, 1918||Attached||Attached to Depot Company, WORD, Witley Camp.|
|December 7, 1918||SOS||SOS to CEF Canada. Sails to Canada. Taken on Strength to No. 1 District Depot, London, Ontario.|
|December 17 to January 7, 1919||Homecoming Furlough||Granted $0.80 per diem during furlough.|
|January 8, 1919||Admitted||Admitted to hospital No. 1 Military District. Discharge from both ears.|
|January 14, 1918||Discharged||Discharged to Duty.|
|January 14, 1918||Examination on Discharge||Medical exam at London, Ontario. “Chronic and Suppurative Otitis Media (double) See Specialists Report attached. Treated in Hospital, Canada and England. No disability nor aggravation due to active service. No disability due to active service.” Had this condition since childhood.|
|January 18, 1919||Discharged||Discharged at No. 1 District Depot, London, Ontario. He is now 125 pounds and has gained 4” in height. He indicates he will be residing at 60 King Street, East, Chatham, Ontario.|
|February 23, 1923||Memorial Roll Despatched||Roll set to No. 5 Geddes Road, Ann Arbour, Michigan.|
|March 14, 1990||Dies||Dies at Windsor, Ontario at the age of 91. Perhaps one of the last members of the 18th Battalion. He is buried at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Cemetery at Puce, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. He is a father to 3 children.|
[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.
[ii] His father, Private Luke George Goss, reg. no. 189837 left the CCRC on the same date but did not arrive until November 23, 1917. The differential in arrival dates is unknown and the son’s travel time is more typical of a soldier of CEF at this time from the CCRC to an active line battalion.
[iii] His father went ill on February 27, 1918. Like his son, he never returned to the Battalion.
I see how you handled the sensitivity issue of ‘special hospital’. An estmate of 23 percent of the CEF had need to.
Actually, this soldier did not suffer from a social disease. That is the actual name of the hospital. I think it was denoting it had specialties in treatment for ENT issues.