12th November 1919
Only two words really sum up Robert (Bob) Gosling and in their own way they are totally sufficient. He is the most wonderful example of a ‘True Countryman’ you could find. There is nothing that could describe him any better. Being one of those from the old school and now at the age of nearly ninety four, he will have seen more changes in farming and the rural way of life than many who are alive today.
His arrival in to the world came just a week after the family arrived at Box Tree Farm, Hitcham, mid way between Stowmarket and Hadleigh in the middle of what was then and still till this day is very much part of rural Suffolk. Born in the evening of November 12th 1919 and weighing in, as he says, at a strong 10lb in weight, he has no hesitation in telling me this gave him a thoroughly good start in life! His Father was Alfred and Mother, Rose, a member of the Underwood family who also lived locally.