Victor Charles William Arras Gouldstone.
Victor was born in Eccles in Kent in 1917. He was the second child born to Alfred Leonard and Rose Laura Alice Gouldstone. He had an elder brother, Alfred Leonard Mons, and one younger brother, Douglas Charles. He also had four younger sisters; Rose Laura Alice, Lila Laura, Doreen Myrtle and Heather Lilian.
He passed his 11 plus exam but his parents couldn’t afford the uniform etc for the grammar school, so he didn’t go.
Vic was sporty and was particularly interested in boxing, like his brother Doug. He, apparently, was not the most skilled boxer but was known for his punching power, so much so that he was known as “One Punch Gouldstone” because if he connected properly the fight was all over.
Victor's boxing club.
He is seated at far left, wearing gloves. His brother, Douglas, is to his left.
Vic was working as a railway platelayer before the war and as such he had a reserved occupation.
He was travelling on a local bus during the early years of the war when he overheard a woman questioning why Vic wasn’t serving his country. As a result he contacted a serving squadron leader in the R.A.F. who had lived in the village. Approval was then granted for him to join the service.
Vic married Hilda Florence Verion Phillips on the 5th April 1941 in the Eccles Methodist Chapel in Kent.
At the end of 1943, they had a son, also called Victor.
On 14th April 1944, while flying on a training exercise from RAF Syerston, Vic's Lancaster collided with an Oxford trainer, both machines crashing near the Nottinghamshire village of Screveton.
Vic is buried in the Aylesford Cemetery and is also commemorated on the Eccles War Memorial.
M.A.C.R. would like to thank the Gouldstone family, particularly Mr Dean Jones and Mr Vince Allen for their kind assistance in the preparation of this page.
Vic's grave at Aylesford cemetery.
Image copyright: Mr Dean Jones