Gaussen, William Lovette Charles Lawrence (Charles)
No. 13/6026, 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Saturday 1 July 1916 (aged 31)
No known grave
Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)
Holywood and District War Memorial
Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James)
In some records his surname is spelt Gausson.
William Lovette Charles Lawrence Gaussen was born on 18 May 1885 in High Street, Holywood and he was a son of William Lovette Gaussen and Julia Emma Gaussen (nee Bates) who were married on 5 April 1882 in St Bride’s Parish Church of England Church, Liverpool. William Lovette Gaussen was born in County Londonderry and Julia Emma Bates was born in England.
The Gaussen family lived in Lady’s Mile, Holywood and at Ardagh, Demesne Road, Holywood.
William Lovette Gaussen worked as a commission agent and he and Julia had eight children including:
Violet Emma Isabel (born 7 February 1883 in Gray’s Hill, Bangor; married Robert Alexander Love 2 March 1909 in St Silas’ Parish Church of Ireland Church Belfast)
William Lovette Charles Lawrence (born 18 May 1885 in High Street, Holywood)
John Norman David Tunstall (born 27 February 1887 in High Street, Holywood)
Cecil Lovette (born 3 January 1890, died 25 January 1966 in High Street, Holywood)
William Magill (born 12 April 1891 in High Street, Holywood; married Charlotte Muriel Bingham on 3 October 1914 in St John’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast)
Nora Annie Kathleen (born 14 January 1894 in High Street, Holywood; married Lieutenant Arthur Frederick Young 4 October 1915 in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church)
Dorothy May (born 22 January 1896 in Alexander Park, Holywood)
James Frederick Herbert (born 5 December 1898 in Alexander Park, Holywood; died 1971 in Lambeth, London)
Both of Rifleman Charles Gaussen’s parents died before he was killed in action – his father died at the Royal Crichton Institution, Dumfries on 2 August 1906 (aged 48) and his mother died of cancer in Holywood on 29 May 1916 (aged 54).
William Lovette Charles Lawrence Gaussen lived in Holywood, he enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division. Rifleman Charles Gaussen (No. 13/6026) went to France on 5 October 1915 and he was 31 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Rifleman William Lovette Charles Lawrence Gaussen (No. 13/6026) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in Holywood Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Philip & St James).
Charles’s brother Cecil was a medical practitioner and he served as a Captain with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC). Cecil Lovette Gaussen and Susannah Margaret Hitchon were married on 10 July 1919 in Hoghton Church of England Church Lancaster.