Roll of Honour


A number of the people on these pages paid the ultimate price when they lost their lives while fighting for their country.  The vast majority were not career soldiers, but were conscripted in times of war.  We remember here those who fell, and below them, some of those who fought and survived.

The first three here were all brothers.

Crimea War

John Henry GILBORNE Asst. Surgeon, died of disease at Yenikale.. 25 Jan 1856

Between Wars

William Percival GILBORNE Lt. 1st West Indies Regt., died of fever at Bathurst, W. Africa. 27 Aug 1859
James Luffingham GILBORNE Chaplain to H.M. Forces, died of yellow fever at St. Ann's, Barbados 31 Aug 1862

Boer War

James GILBOURNE Shot at Boschbult, S.Africa. 31 Mar 1902

First World War

Leonard Gillborn Killed at Ypres 15 Nov 1914
Walter GILBOURNE Died at Southampton from wounds received in France. 16 Jul 1916
Albert GILBOURNE Killed on the Somme 23 Oct 1916
Cecil GILBOURNE Killed at Nieuport, Belgium 25 Jul 1917
Gerald GILBOURNE Died of pneumonia at Clipstone Camp. 20 Nov 1918
William T. GILBOURNE Drowned at Plymouth. 26 Jan 1920

Second World War

Dan GILBOURNE Torpedoed on H.M.S. Charybdis 23 Oct 1943
Seth Stanton GILBORNE Died of polio at Fort Monmouth, N.J. 14 Jun 1946
Bridget GILBOURNE   9 Jun 1944

Many others  served during wars, some having very close shaves:

American Civil War

Thomas Gilborn, of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, was reported in the New York Times (4 June 1860) to have been bayonetted in the neck while serving with the Fenian forces near Buffalo, N.Y. It is believed that this was a wound and that hed did not die. Which Thomas was this?

Davis GILBORNE served with the 134th New York Regiment. His record reads: "Farmer; single; age 27; enlisted August 14, 1862; contracted typhoid fever in July 1863; treated at Fort Schuyler Hospital and rejoined his regiment at Lookout Valley; served on the Atlanta campaign until taken prisoner at Peach Tree Creek; confined in Andersonville for two and a half months, then taken to Savannah and Millen, and paroled December 27, 1864; sent to Annapolis Md., and furloughed home for 30 days; reported at Camp Chase, Ohio, sent to Bedloe's Island, New York, to Morehead City, N.C.; rejoined his regiment at Raleigh and marched on the home route as far as Richmond; then transferred by transport to Washington, and rejoining his regiment, took part in the Grand Review; discharged June 10, 1865, West Point,

Boer War

Robert GILBOURNE, who lost three brothers in wars, and served himself in the Boer War before being declared medically unfit for further duty in 1903.

 First World War

Percy GILBOURNE joined the Royal Engineers in 1914.

Second World War

Vince GILBOURNE lost a leg when he stepped on a mine in North Africa in WW2.

Roy GILBOURNE served in the Royal Navy in WWII, while his namesake served in the RAF.  The latter, an adopted son of Lyndon Gilbourne, was shot down over Burma and spent seven months in a Japanese PoW camp.

Thomas BEVAN and Nancy GILBOURNE met at RAF Cosford during the second war. Fortunately, both survived or I would not be here to write this. Some of their photographs and memorabilia from their service days are included here.


There were undoubtedly many others from these pages who also served in the World Wars, but we have no details.