It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Czeslaw Fraciszek Gosz (known as Jess Gosz) late KOYLI and 2LI. Jess died on 31 July 2020 after a battle with cancer. He passed away in Barnsley Hospice in the presence of family members. Jess was cremated and on 19th August 2020 his ashes were interred at Monk Bretton Cemetery alongside his parents.
Jess began his career as a musician at Sir John Moore barracks in Shrewsbury, where he served with Brian Moxon, before joining the Battalion in Tidworth. He served the full tour in Aden in ‘D’ Company, went with the Battalion to Berlin, then took part in exercises in Malaya before moving with 2LI to Northern Ireland. He was awarded the General Service Medal with clasps South Arabia and Northern Ireland and attained the rank of Corporal.
On leaving the Army Jess moved back to Barnsley where he worked for many years at Redfern Glass before retiring. He lived in Honeywell and helped out in Honeywell Community Centre where he was highly thought of. He enjoyed a pint and regularly attended Aden Veterans Association meetings in Huddersfield.
Jess was a quiet thoughtful man, an intelligent soldier who was respected by all who knew him, he was professional in all he did and in spite of his Polish heritage was a Yorkshireman to the core and ever proud of his service in the KOYLI. He never married and is survived by his 2 sisters and nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts and condolences are with his sisters, relatives, friends. As you join your brother KOYLIs in the FRV the Bugler sounds No More Parades for you. Rest in peace Jess, Cede Nullis.
Anyone wishing to send cards or letters of condolence is requested to send them to the Rifles Regional Office at Minden House marked FAO family of Jess Gosz. Office staff will then forward them to the family.