Cecil Gilbourne

Birth: ca Aug 1892
Father: Samuel GILBOURNE (ca1866-ca1939)
Mother: Catherine SMEDLEY
Spouse: Unmarried
Death: 25 Jul 1917 Nr. Nieuport, Belgium


Cecil GilbourneCecil Gilbourne served in the 1st/4th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He is buried in Coxyde Military Cemetry, Koksijde, Belgium.  His military record is among those destroyed in a fire and is not to be found amongst those at the PRO.

I would like to thank Carol and Martyn of the Jacksdale Heritage project for providing me with this extract from the Kimberley and Eastwood Advertiser: 

Official news has been received of the death of Pte. Cecil Gilbourne, a native of Brinsley and Grandson of Mrs Ann Gilbourne, of Co-operative house, Old Brinsley, who migrated to Bentley some few years ago. He was gassed and wounded in Flanders, and succumbed to his injuries in a French Hospital on July 25th.  On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Yorkshire Dragoons, and was transferred to the K.O.Y.L.I. and had been in France since Nov. 1916.

An identical article appeared in the Doncaster Chronicle of 17 August 1917 under the heading "BENTLEY BOY DIES FROM WOUNDS", and with the additional information:

A memorial service was held on Sunday Evening at St. Peter's Church, when the vicar paid a high tribute to his memory, special reference being made to his devotedness to the church. The Dead March was played at the close of the service.


GRO Birth Index: Basford Sep 1892 7b 116
1901 Census: Old Brinsley, Notts.
1911 Census: New Inn Houses, Brinsley, Notts.


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