b. 16/02/1912 Harvey, Western Australia. d. 31/12/1964 Maslin Beach, South Australia.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 08-19/05/1945 Bremen, Germany.
He was 33 years old and serving in the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve when a report came in that a new type of mine had been found in the Ubersee-Hafen. Gosse immediately dived and verified it was a GD pressure type commonly known as an "oyster". As it was necessary that this type of mine should be recovered intact, it was decided to attempt to render it safe underwater and on the next day Gosse dived on it again. Using improvised tools, he eventually succeeded in removing the primer, which was followed by a loud metallic crash. The mine was eventually lifted onto the quayside, where it was found that the detonator had fired immediately after the primer had been removed. During the next 10 days Gosse rendered safe 2 similar types of mine that were lying in close proximity to shipping, and in each instance the detonator fired before the mine reached the surface.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: CENTENNIAL PARK CREMATORIUM, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA.
Gosse GC in his diving suit
Lt Col William Gosse MC (Gosse's father)