Gonella, Joseph William

Dates:

War Service:
Lance Corporal 9716 JOSEPH WILLIAM GONELLA of the machine gun section of the 2nd Battalion the Rifle Brigade died on 6 May 1915, aged 25.

He enlisted on 6 October 1899. He was mobilised on 4 August 1914 and went to France with the BEF. He served throughout the retreat from Mons and the Battles of the Marne and Aisne. He was severely wounded in the attack on Hill 60 on 22 April 1915, and again later that day while being carried to the rear, the two stretcher bearers being killed.

He was sent to the First Eastern Hospital at Cambridge where he died on 6 May 1915.

He is buried in Nunhead (All Saints) cemetery.

Location of Memorial:
He is also commemorated on the Monson Road memorial in New Cross.

Details:
He was the eldest son of Joseph and Juliet Gonella, of 82 Pomeroy St., New Cross. He was educated at Kender Street Council School.
He was a fine all round athlete and winner of many boxing competitions. He married Rose Alice French on 10 September 1911 at St Jude’s church, Peckham. At the time war broke out was a fitter at the Brixton Garage of the British Motor Cab Co.

Source:
CWGC; See Also Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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