Readers interested in Gosden genealogy might be interested in my book, "Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy," published by New Star Books (Vancouver: 1999) and available through them and Amazon.com, etc.
It is a biography of Robert Raglan Gosden,1882-1961. Born in the south of England, probably Surrey, Gosden went to sea at an early age. He made his way to Prince Rupert, BC, by 1911, where he was imprisoned for three months for his role in a strike of road construction workers. The strike was led by the radical and militant Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies. He claimed to have known Jack London and Robert Service, and spent nine months in prison in San Diego for his role in the free speech fight there in 1912. He claimed to have fought with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, and returned to BC in time to participate in the Vancouver Island coal miners' strike, where his speeches advocating direct action and violence were applauded by many. In 1919, he became an informer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and reported on the activities of the One Big Union and other unions. He married Helena Hesson in 1949, and died in Gibsons, BC, in 1961.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knows of or is related to Robert Raglan Gosden.