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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Dudley George Gilbert -

Unknown person Name : Dudley George Gilbert.

Son of George Gilbert and Mary Gilbert (née Russell) of 38 Albert Street, Ventnor, Isle of Wight.

Born 1896 Ventnor.

  Census Information :

1901 : George and Mary Gilbert, with their children including Dudley aged 4, are at 38, Albert Street, Ventnor. George Gilbert is a Baker and Grocer (Shopkeeper).

1911 : Mary Ann Gilbert, widow, with her children including Dudley aged 14, are at 38, Albert Street, Ventnor. Mary Ann Gilbert is a Baker and Grocer.
  Service details :

Gunner 137642 Dudley George Gilbert, 319th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 23 April 1918 aged 21

Commemorated at : Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

CWGC record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Ventnor War Memorial
Ventnor, Methodist Church War Memorial
Sandown High School War Memorial
County War Memorial

There is also an additional inscription on a family headstone at Ventnor Cemetery.

  Documents :


Friday, May 3, 1918 Page 3

Gunner D. Gilbert Killed in Action.
Information was received this week that Gunner D. Gilbert, Siege Gun Battery of the R.G.A., third son of Mrs. Gilbert, Albert Street, has been killed in action. He was 21 years of age, and before enlisting was employed at Mr. Smith's, chemist. Mrs. Gilbert has received the following letter from Mr. Burns, a Nonconformist Chaplain at the front. Which explains the circumstances of his death:- It is my painful duty to acquaint you of the death of your son, Gunner D. Gilbert, R.G.A. I am very sorry indeed for you in this your great trouble, and you have my deepest sympathy and my prayers. May God be your comfort and strength now and until you are re-united with your son. He was killed while on duty on his gun. Death was almost instantaneous, and as he was unconscious in the short interval before he passed away, he suffered no pain. I was there as he died and committed him to our Father in prayer. We buried him, along with his Corporal, who was also killed by the same shell, in the Military Cemetery here. His grave will be carefully tended. It is very hard that he should be killed so soon after coming out again. But he has done his bit for his country, and for a great cause. May our country prove herself worthy of the sacrifice of her sons. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
J.D. BURNS, C.F. Nonconformist Chaplain

The greatest sympathy will be extended to this old and esteemed Ventnor family in their bereavement. Another of Mrs. Gilbert's sons, who is in the Canadians, was home a few weeks ago on sick leave. He received such injuries in action that he was unable to walk without the use of crutches.

Friday, May 10, 1918 Page 2
Mrs. Gilbert and family desire to return their grateful thanks to all friends for the many expressions of sympathy they received in their bereavement.

  Further Information :

His brother Philip Gilbert also died in the Great War.

His brother-in-law, William Arthur Phillips died in an air raid on Ventnor in the Second World War.
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

  Page status :
Page last updated : 28 October 2013 (added link to W A Phillips).


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