GOUGH Harry Percy Bright, MC and Bar

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Major Harry Percy Bright Gough was Science Master at Oakham School and went on to win the Military Cross and Bar for bravery during the First World War. He was born at Llanelly, Carmarthenshire on 18 January 1880 and educated at Llandovery College and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. At Oakham he also commanded the Officers' Training Corps until he joined the 17th Battalion Welsh Regiment in 1915. He became an officer and was sent out to France on 2 June 1916. He was promoted to Captain on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, and subsequently became a Major and Acting Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Military Cross in August 1917 and a Bar in November of the same year. He took part in fighting at Welsh Ridge, Bourlon Wood, and died at a Casualty Clearing Station on 22 April 1918 from shell wounds received on 13 April. He was buried at Arneke Military Cemetery, northern France, grave I.C.22. His widow, Martha, was left to bring up two children at her home at The Firs, Gowerton, Glamorgan. Harry is remembered on the Oakham School war memorial.

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He took a First Class degree from Cambridge (BSc, MA).Taught at Oakham School 1911-15 as a science teacher (Chemistry, Physics, Botany and Zoology), having previously taught at Neuheim College in Germany (1902-04) and Lancaster Grammar School (1904-11).Commanded the Officers' Training Corps 1914-15 at the School.Grave photo attached.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 3:13pm
5 images Some pictures of Major Gough’s headstone, taken 19 April 2015.
By John Stokes on Thursday 23rd April '15 at 7:04pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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