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1901 - James Goss, Devonshire Regiment, returned home to Chittlehampton, near Barnstaple, today.
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....Mr. James Goss, who was one of the first Reservists to be called up at the commencement of hostilities in South Africa arrived home on Wednesday night. His coming had not been made known, otherwise a different reception would have been accorded him. A merry peal on the church bells was the first intimation of his arrival to the villagers about 9.30 p.m. Everyone was glad to know that he was safely home. Mr. Goss was with General Buller in his stiff task of relieving Ladysmith. and he cannot speak too highly of his generalship. He has been in South Africa for two years, and his time as a Reservist has now expired. Mr. Goss speaks very highly of the Devons' Chaplain (Rev. M. Drake), whose father at one time was Vicar of Chittlehampton.
The North Devon Journal, Thursday 24th October 1901

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