16th IEE Member To Fall In World War I – Private J Gilbert

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Private Joseph Gilbert
Image taken from the IEE World War I Roll of Honour- portrait of Private J Gilbert
Private Joseph Gilbert of the I/6th Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, died 28 May 1915, the 16th member of the IEE to die in World War I. 

Joseph Gilbert was born in Australia in 1884 and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from Adelaide University in 1907. He came to the UK in late 1909 and was employed by The British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company where he worked in the testing department, then the contracts department, before becoming a commercial engineer.
Following declaration of the war in the summer of 1914, J Gilbert relinquished his position in order to serve in the Army and he enlisted in August 1914. By May 1915 after a brief spell in Egypt Joseph’s Division was sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula. His Battalion was on May 27 in the support trenches on the left front of his Brigade, near the ‘vineyard’, south of Krithia. In the evening, he was advancing with his unit to the site of new trenches, which were to be dug beyond the British lines and nearer the enemy’s position, when he was hit by a bullet. He was conveyed to the Casualty Clearing Station at ‘Lancashire Landing’, where he succumbed to his wounds on the following day.
Private Gilbert’s obituary was published in the IEE World War I Honour Roll and these details have been reproduced below.
Posted by Asha Gage on Jul 15, 2015 10:00 PM Europe/London

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