The days when the Co-op had a '˜head of stables' on its books

Hot on the heels (hooves?) of Hick's and Co the '˜Fratton Park bakers', comes Smith & Vosper '“ bread bakers and pastrycooks.

Friday, 14th April 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:50 pm
William Gosslinn with horse and Smith & Vosper cart.

Trevor Coles has been following my articles about the former which included yesterday’s pictures of the Hick’s award-winning delivery horses and carts displayed on Southsea Common.

Trevor says: ‘I believe my grandfather, William Frederick Gosslinn, who at the time worked for Smith & Vospers , was possibly at the same event on Southsea Common .

‘I’m not sure of the year but it was definitely pre-1914.’

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William Gosslinn during the First World War when he served in the Royal Veterinary Corps.

Trevor sent me these two pictures of William’s prizewinning rigs, one of which claimed first place.

He adds: ‘During the First World War he served with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps .

‘After the war and up to his death in 1946 he was in charge of the Co-op Stables in Elmshurst Road, Gosport.

‘Apparently, according to family history, Tom Parker, of Parker’s Dairy fame, tried to headhunt him from the Co-op, but my grandfather would have none of it .’

Another Smith & Vosper cart stocked with loaves, a magnificent horse and William Gosslinn.
William Gosslinn during the First World War when he served in the Royal Veterinary Corps.
Another Smith & Vosper cart stocked with loaves, a magnificent horse and William Gosslinn.