The stunt Goschen

a long long time ago when I was a subby in 1st Regiment we aquired a replica of a painting in the Mess. the painting depicts John Goschen DSO MC and Bar, who was a Rocket troop officer in the NW desert in WWII. The painting was presented by a former chum of his, a retired Brigadier who explained how young Goschen was when he died basically: school fb war. he was killed when the troop ship he was being evacuated on, having been wounded, was sunk. the Mess then decided to give Goschen the youth he had never had and we got a copy of the painting and did a few things: he went to Sandown, had a few pleasant evenings with Norland Nannies and so on. That was in about 1998 I thnk.

Did the Stunt Goschen have any more adventures with the Livers-In of 1 RHA or has he been forgotten again?
I am told that he has been to dodgy bars in Canada, diving on numerous occasions, seen a few sites around the world and enjoys meeting and dining with new subbies.

Am sure that he will never be forgotten.

He went free-falling with our lot...

...and I also discovered during my dine-in (and what fun that was!) that he didn't like brussel sprouts!
I also understand GBTD that Goschen spent a very fulfilling afternoon in the Church sandwiched between the breats of some wholesome antipodeans!
I was there I ought to know - In fact, I will display the photo once I have taken a few faces out!!!!



Not Directly related to this thread at all, but I have in my possession a copy of excerpts from the diary of maj buzzer Haddingham Royal Artillery Mc and bar.

A real old time war hero, and modest to boot. His Grandaughter was supposed to be getting it published but hasnt got round to it. For anyone that is interested Buzzer spent the post war years working his way up to chairman of slazenger and chairman of the all england LTA. And if there are any folks on here live in or near wimbledon, if you treck down to wimbledon cricket club just infront of the club house right on the boundry line is a plaque under which lie the ashes of "buzzer".

If anyone one is intersted to know how he got his Mc and his Bar ill happy to share.
About to deploy to Turkey (The lure of Efes is strong) on holiday with her indoors.

Goschen is safely packed- I will continue to give him "The Life he never had"!

Look forward to seeing the phots from GBTD- Make sure you black out my face!!!!
goatbagthedruid said:
I was there I ought to know - In fact, I will display the photo once I have taken a few faces out!!!!

Here she is

- she was rough, mind you ....... Had to delete C_S to protect him!

He looks much better nestled there with GBTD's mate than he did with his googly eyes and drooping cigarette over coffee one day..
Along the same lines... does anyone remember the Afghan Defence Minister's visit - from the kebab shop??

I think it was early on in'98, althought my memory fails me.
A masterpiece wind up: I can't remember all the serials but some were:

-Defence minister arrives for office call with CO. During entire meeting windows are being cleaned by soldier who was charged by the Co the day before.
-Trip up to the gun park for a static equipment display- (gun, OPV, DROPs etc)- vehs not parked straight, subby getting AS90 range wrong, McDs wrapper and porn mag in the back of the OPV
-Goes for a ride in an OPV on the driver training area and veh "breaks down" forcing walk back through ankle deep mud.

There were lots more- anyone else remember them?
Sadly I was away on the day in question but did assist in planning.

However my fondest story is the presentation of the 'gift' to The CO in question upon completion of the visit, and said gift being broken over the bar in disgust in a display of complete inability to take a joke..!!

Cold kebab anyone ?
John Goschen, MC and Bar, died aged 23, at a younger age than many officers join the army. I heard about the stunt Goschen.

His first MC was for escaping from occupied France after most of 1 RHA were captured at St Valery-en-Caux wioth 51 Highland Division in June 1940. He and another officer were captured and made two escape attempts before cycling to Spain. The MC citation is several pages long.

The second MC was as an FOO in the defence of Tobruck, which was the first defeat suffered by Rommel at Tobruck in April 1941.

Initially his fearlessness in controlling his Batteries shooting against the German’s Easter Monday attack, in spite of the intensity of their protective fire, contributed considerably toward the attack’s arrest and eventual routing. Subsequently he has made sundry successful expeditions to get a wireless forward so as to effectively bring observed fire onto the normally hidden enemy Forward Defensive Lines. On such expeditions he has generally drawn severe enemy fire but has fortunately also been able to direct our guns onto their tanks, motor transport as well as on their infantry. He has always shown the greatest courage coolness and devotion to duty; he has taken part in every contest of any consequence in the South West part of the Perimeter and has invariably been most reliable in providing the best possible artillery support..
Farndale's "Years of defeat" elaborates on "sundry successful expeditions" as patrolling forward in a carrier or tank outside the perimeter. He also mentions that he was wounded when his tank ran over a mine in the battles to relieve Tobruck.

I thought I took a photo of the painting but can't find it on my PC.

Tobruck is a bit far for a stunt Gsochen, but the MOD ought to find a cycling trip through France...
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