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Gilbert Hardy MIDGLEY

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Surname: MIDGLEY

Forename(s): Gilbert Hardy

Place of Birth: Bingley, Yorkshire

Service No: 72696

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion / Unit: No.4 Depot

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Age: 26

Date of Death: 1916-03-24

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sec. M. Grave 44.

CWGC Cemetery: KEIGHLEY (UTLEY) CEMETERY

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Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Gilbert Hardy Midgley was the son of John William and Jane Midgley, née Wilson. John was born at Cross Roads and Jane at Bingley, Yorkshire.

1891 Bingley, Yorkshire Census: 39, North Street - Gilbert H. Midgley, aged 1 year, born Bingley. [Gilbert and his parents were living with his mother's parents, William T. and Hannah M. Wilson.]

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 118, Malsis Road - Gilbert Hardy Midley [sic], aged 11 years, born Bingley, Yorkshire, son of John William and Jane Midgley.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 116, Malsis Road - Gilbert Hardy Midgley, aged 21 years, born Bingley, Yorkshire, son of John Wm and Jane Midgley.

The British Army Service Record for Gilbert Hardy Midgley exists but may be incomplete.

Gilbert was buried on the 3 June 1916; his mother is buried in the same grave.

Gilbert was accepted by the CWGC as a casualty of the Great War in 2018 after receiving information from the ‘The Men of Worth’ website: https://www.menofworth.org.uk

Data Source: West Yorkshire Pioneer Article

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

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Surname: MIDGLEY

Forename(s): Gilbert Hardy

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 72696

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Unit: No. 4 Depot

Age: 26

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Died Date: 24/03/1916

Additional Information: Son of John William Midgley of Keighley, Yorks.

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Keighley (Utley) Cemetery

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Keighley (Utley) Cemetery

Keighley (Utley) Cemetery

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Keighley (Utley) Cemetery

Keighley (Utley) Cemetery

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Programme for the dedication of Gilbert’s headstone

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02 June 1916

CRAVEN AND THE WAR – Keighley Soldier Found Drowned

Alderman J. Midgley, of Malsis Road, Keighley, has received intimation that his second son, Gunner Gilbert H. Midgley (26), of the Royal Garrison Artillery, had been found drowned at Great Yarmouth on Sunday.

Gunner Midgley, who was connected with the firm of Messrs. Midgley and Douglas and Co., manufacturers, of Keighley, had been missing since the night of Friday, March 24. Only the day before he went to Great Yarmouth to join the Royal Garrison Artillery, and although the manner in which he came by his death is unknown, certain facts about his movements are clear. He reached Great Yarmouth on the night of March 23, and on the following day despatched his civilian clothing home. Leaving the railway station after handing over the parcel he went to the Y.M.C.A. rest-room in the centre of the town, and wrote a long letter to his parents, which was exceedingly cheerful in tone. Shortly before 9 o’clock he left the Y.M.C.A. room, and as he departed he was directed on his way. What happened subsequently is not known, but circumstances suggest that he took a wrong turning and came to a fish quay on the River Yare, which is not far from the Y.M.C.A. room. The night was dark, and severe lighting restrictions are imposed upon the town. It is extremely probable, therefore, that in trying to find his way he fell into the river.

Two men have made a statement that about 8-45 on the night of March 24 they were near a point where Gunner Midgley might easily have stumbled into the water when they heard cries coming from the river. They hurried to the edge of the bank, but in the darkness could see nothing. They stopped a passing cyclist and borrowed his lamp, with which they tried to search the face of the water, but they saw no trace of anyone nor indeed of any untoward happening. This incident supports the theory that Gunner Midgley met his death accidentally.

At the inquest on Wednesday a verdict of ‘Accidentally drowned’ was returned.

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