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Allegiance  Australia
Awards  George Cross

Name  George Gosse
Rank  Lieutenant commander
George Gosse George Gosse Wikipedia

Born  16 February 1912 Harvey, Western Australia (1912-02-16)
Battles/wars  Second World War South-East Asian theatre European theatre
Died  December 31, 1964, Maslin Beach, Adelaide, Australia
Battles and wars  South-East Asian theatre of World War II, European theatre of World War II, World War II

Service/branch  Royal Australian Navy
Years of service  1926–1933 1940–1946

George Gosse, GC (16 February 1912 – 31 December 1964) was a mine clearance specialist in the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RANVR) during the Second World War. He was awarded the George Cross for the heroism he displayed between 8 May and 19 May 1945 in Bremen Harbour in Germany. His citation was published in the London Gazette on 30 April 1946.

George Gosse Lieutenant George Gosse The Australian War Memorial

Divers searching the Undersee Hafen had reported a sighting of what appeared to be a new form of mine and, on 8 May, Gosse dived and verified that it was a G.D. pressure mine known as the 'oyster'. Gosse was given the task of recovering the device intact and dived the next day to remove the primer, with improvised tools, rendering the device safe. During this procedure he heard a loud noise which, upon examination after the mine was brought to land, was found to have been caused by the detonator firing as the primer was removed. He later defused two similar mines which were posing a danger to shipping, on both occasions the detonator fired before the mine reached the surface.

The George Gosse ward at the former Repatriation General Hospital, Hollywood has been named in his honour.

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George Gosse Wikipedia


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