Gould, Thomas (No. P/JX283876)

Gould, Thomas

Able Seaman

No. P/JX283876, HMS Penelope, Royal Navy

Killed on active service on Friday 18 February 1944 (aged 25)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England (Panel 82 Column 2)


The death of Able Seaman Thomas Gould was commemorated in a series of Killed In Action notices published in the 10 March 1944 edition of the Belfast Telegraph.  The notices stated that Thomas Gould was the third son of David Gould of Hall Street, Conlig and the late Ann Jane Gould and his death was deeply regretted by his father, his stepmother, his brother Harry on active service, his stepsisters and stepbrothers, Jack on active service, his aunt Lily and uncle Harry Carson and family of Abbey Street, Bangor, his sister and brother-in-law Lily and Jack Browne of 25 Belgrave Street, Belfast, his brother David who was serving in the Royal Navy and his sister-in-law Bessie and their children David and Jim of 89 Bristol Street, Belfast and his brother and sister-in-law Alex and Eleanor Gould of 22 Christopher Street, Belfast.

Thomas Gould’s father David was born on 13 May 1889 and he was a son of Robert Gould who worked as a rougher (flax dresser) and Jane Gould (nee Hamilton).  David Gould was a 23-year-old bachelor living at 29 Malvern Street, Belfast when he and Annie (Ann) Jane Mills were married on 8 April 1912 in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast.  Ann Jane was a 22-year-old spinster and a daughter of tinsmith Hugh Mills.

David and Ann Jane Gould had five children:

Alexander Mills (born 17 February 1913 at 29 Malvern Street, Belfast)

David (born 28 May 1914 at 29 Malvern Street, Belfast)

Elizabeth (Lily born 13 March 1916 at 54 Belgrave Street, Belfast)

Thomas (born 1 July 1918 at 41 Belgrave Street, Belfast)

Henry Carson (Harry, born 24 April 1920)

Ann Jane Gould was 34 and her address was Ballymagee, Bangor when she died on 10 June 1925.  She was buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Grave O. 309).

During the Second World War Thomas Gould served with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Penelope.  HMS Penelope was an Arethusa-class light cruiser built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, launched in 1935 and commissioned in 1936.  At the outbreak of war HMS Penelope was in the Mediterranean and she joined the Home Fleet in 1940. In 1941 she joined Force ‘K’ operating out of Malta against Italian ships carrying supplies to the Axis forces in North Africa.  HMS Penelope was holed so many times by bomb fragments that she was nicknamed ‘HMS Pepperpot’.  After extensive repairs she operated in home waters until 1943 when she went to the western Mediterranean.  In September that year she was part of Force ‘Q’ involved with the Allied landings at Salerno in Italy.  She took part in operations throughout the Mediterranean and on 18 February 1944 HMS Penelope was on route from Naples to Anzio when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-410.  Able Seaman Thomas Gould (aged 25) was one of more than 400 men who died.  His body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Hampshire.