Memorial: Cromhall - St Andrews Church
Regiment: Labour Corps
Rank and number: Private 60089
Parents: Richard and Esther Cole
Home address: Heath End, Cromhall, Glos
Pre-war occupation: Quarryman
Date of birth: 1887
Date of death: 14/05/1918
Buried/Commemorated at: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
Gilbert was born in April 1887.
Some notes from what remains of his army records:
He enlisted on the 9th December 1915 and posted into the army reserve to await mobilization, aged 33 and 1 month. He was living at Heath End, Cromhall, Gloucestershire with his parents, occupation, quarryman.
He was posted to France, embarking at Southampton on the 7th May 1916, disembarking at Le Havre the following day. On the 18th March 1916 he was mobilized and was transferred to the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry on the 22nd March 1916. He was then transferred to the Royal Fusiliers (Private 31009) on the 10th April 1916. On the 14th May 1917 he was again transferred, this time to 101st Labour Corps. On the 15th May 1918 while at the front his trenches were bombarded with gas shell. He was gassed and treated at No 12 General Hospital, Rouen the same day, only to died from the effects of gas the following day.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Forces War Records and www.militaryimages.net