Tributes to D-Day hero who died aged 92

Eric Gosling
Eric Gosling

A D-Day veteran who was born in Northampton and lived in the area all his life has died aged 92.

Eric Gosling was born in Semilong in 1919.

He died last week, a month before he would have celebrated his 93rd birthday.

His son, Roger, said Mr Gosling was well known in the Northampton area and would be missed by all his family.

He said: “He would have been 93 in December, which was a great achievement as he was badly wounded in World War Two, having been shot in the head and losing an eye.

“He was also a much respected head caretaker of Trinity High School for many years, retiring in December 1983, and would be remembered by many staff and pupils.”

Mr Gosling was the youngest of six children.

A great-grandfather, he had three children of his own, as well as six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

During the war, he served with the 4th Battalion, The Welsh Regiment, from 1940 to 1946. He lost an eye while fighting in Holland.

After the war, Mr Gosling worked in a shoe factory before working at Trinity High School from 1961 through to 1983.

Mr Gosling also had a brother in the Territorial Army, who died at Dunkirk.

Eric Gosling’s funeral was held in Kingsthorpe on Wednesday this week.

The service was conducted by the Rev Steven Palmer.

The service included a family tribute which was made by Mr Gosling’s son, Roger, prayers, Bible readings and the hymn, The Old Rugged Cross.

Mr Gosling died on November 13 this year, just one month before he would have celebrated his 93rd birthday.