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Harry GILLIBRAND

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Surname: GILLIBRAND

Forename(s): Harry

Place of Birth: Blackburn, Lancashire

Service No: 2330

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-11-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. G. 11.

CWGC Cemetery: TALANA FARM CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: EARBY, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KELBROOK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Harry Gillibrand (born 11 July 1888) was the son of James and Jane Pennington Gillibrand, née Mason. James was born at Blackburn and Jane at Newchurch near Bacup, Lancashire.

1891 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 7, Gibraltar Street - Harry Gillibrand, aged 2 years, born Blackburn, son of James and Jane Gillibrand.

1901 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 31, Leamington Road - Harry Gillibrand, aged 12 years, born Blackburn, son of James and Jane Gillibrand.

1911 Blackburn, Lancashire Census: 31, Leamington Road - Harry Gillibrand, aged 22 years, born Blackburn, son of James and Jane Gillibrand. [James, Jane and their children were living with James's brother, John Thomas Gillibrand.]

Harry was married to Mary Ann Blackmore in 1911.

The British Army Service Record for Harry Gillibrand exists but may be incomplete.

Harry is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte. H. Gillibrand.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harry Gillibrand, 2330, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14 April 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Harry Gillibrand, 6/2330, 6th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 24/11/15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Harry Gillibrand, 2330, 1/6 W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 24.11.15. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary Ann. £8 2s. 1d. Self & children.

Harry is commemorated in the 'Blackburn Roll of Honour 1914-1918'.

See also:
‘Earby in the First World War’ by Stephanie Carter, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2014).
‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).
‘Our Finest Crop’ by Steven Marshall, published by Earby & District Local History Society (2020).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

GILLIBRAND, Harry, 6th West Riding Regiment, killed by a sniper, 1915.

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Private Harry GILLIBRAND

Private Harry GILLIBRAND

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: GILLIBRAND

Forename(s): Harry

Born: Blackburn, Lancs

Residence: Dawlish, Devon

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 2330

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 24/11/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: GILLIBRAND

Forename(s): H

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 2330

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 24/11/1915

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War Diary: 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

NOVEMBER 1915

TRENCHES F31 - F35

Nov. 24th

Slight showers, trenches very wet and muddy. Artillery activity on both sides, enemy shells mostly fell in neighbourhood of Farms, except one which fell in “C” Coy Platoon Dugouts.

Confirmed Casualties:–
8.30 AM No. 2330 Pte H. Gillibrand A Coy Killed bullet through heart. * Buried Sheet 28 B18 C87 by Rev. Page.

[Harry was one of the ten casualties, of whom four were killed, on 24th November.]

[See ‘View Additional Images(s)’ for Trench Map.]

‘Burnley News’ (15 December 1915)

EARBY MAN KILLED BY SNIPER

Private, Harry Gillibrand, 66th [sic] Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, formerly of Sunset View, Earby, has been killed by a sniper. Prior to enlistment he was employed by Messrs. Bottomley, Ltd., clothiers, Barnoldswick. He was 25 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children.

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The History of the 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, 1914 - 1919, by Capt. P.G. Bales, M.C. (1920)

The History of the 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, 1914 - 1919, by Capt. P.G. Bales, M.C. (1920)

Trench map from the above history showing Trenches F31 - F35 (top left-hand corner)

Talana Farm Cemetery

Talana Farm Cemetery

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of Aurel Sercu, Boezinge, Belgium

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10 December 1915

GILLIBRAND – Killed in action, in France, Pte. Harry Gillibrand, formerly of Barnoldswick, 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, aged 25 years.

10 December 1915

BARNOLDSWICK MAN KILLED IN FRANCE

News came to hand last weekend of the death, from a sniper’s bullet, of Pte. Harry Gillibrand, 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Previous to enlistment he was for some time in the employ, as traveller, of Messrs. Bottomley Ltd., clothiers, Wellhouse Road, and was well-known in the district. He was about 25 years of age, married, and leaves a wife and two children now residing at Dawlish, South Devon, where he visited them while home on furlough about six weeks ago. During the time he was employed at Barnoldswick, Pte. Gillibrand and his wife lived at Sunset View, Earby. His parents live at 31, Leamington Road, Blackburn.

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10 December 1915

BARNOLDSWICK MAN KILLED IN FRANCE

News came to hand last weekend of the death, from a sniper’s bullet, of Private Harry Gillibrand, 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Previous to enlistment he was for some time in the employ as traveller of Messrs. Bottomley Ltd., clothiers, Wellhouse Road, and was well known in the district. He was about 25 years of age, married, and leaves a wife and two children, now residing at Dawlish, South Devon, where he visited them while home on furlough about six weeks’ ago. During the time he was employed at Barnoldswick, Private Gillibrand and his wife lived at Sunset View, Earby. His parents live at 31 Leamington Road, Blackburn.

24 December 1915

CRAVEN’S ROLL OF HONOUR – BARNOLDSWICK

Pte. Harry Gillibrand, 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, killed by a sniper. Resided at Barnoldswick for some years. Left a widow and two children.

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    One Response to Harry GILLIBRAND

    1. Susan Boorman nee Gillibrand July 30, 2018 at 10:14 am #

      My father, Fredrick Gillibrand, never knew his father and the family never talked much about Harry in subsequent years, so we never knew what happened to him. It was during some researching on the internet that we found your publication CPGW and all the details found therein. The photograph was immediately recognisable as my Dad’s father so took our breath away a little bit. All we knew was that his last letter was sent to his wife the day before he died but sadly this letter was lost over the years but it said that he was going over the top next day and probably wouldn’t make it. How sad the letter was lost. It was also a shock to find out he was shot by a sniper presumably as he went out of the trenches! We have visited his grave near Boezinge many times, the first being on the anniversary of his death some 10 years ago, which was particularly emotional as we never knew he had a grave until my daughter found the details on the CWGC site which led us to you. So thank you for producing the CPGW – a magnificent set of records for the period. Perhaps we will be able to go to the Blackburn area to see where he lived before he moved to Dawlish where his son and daughter Fred and Flo were born.

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