Horace Frederick Gough was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of Philip J. and Alice L. Gough. In 1901, they were at 56 Leicester Street, together with Horace’s brothers Percy and William, and a boarder, James Hilton. Horace attended Christ Church School, whom he represented at the School Sports competition held at the Molineux Grounds, when he became second champion. He was also a good footballer and runner.
In 1913, Horace initially enlisted with the Hussars (number 10381), before becoming a Second Lieutenant and being transferred to the 8th Battalion of the North Staffordshire Regiment. At some point, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for service on the battlefield. He was killed in action on 21 September 1917, and this was reported in the Express & Star on 20 November 1917. He is commemorated at the Oxford Road Cemetery in Belgium.