Born: 1880, Halesworth, Suffolk.

Died: 23rd February 1900; age: 19; Died from wounds received that day at Pieters Hill, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

It is a pathetic circumstance that in his last letter home to his parents, Abraham wrote, “You must not answer this letter; this might be the last time you will hear from me.”

Residence: 6, King’s Lynn Terrace, Cavendish Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5341.

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own), 2nd Battalion, Natal Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Defence of Ladysmith.




1881   Fen Farm, Halesworth, Suffolk.


Abraham was 8 months old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Gilbert, 32, a Working Maltster, born Spexhall, Suffolk.

Mary Ann Gilbert (nee Hacon), 31, born Westleton, Suffolk.

George Gilbert, 9, born Westleton.

Jane Gilbert, 7, born Halesworth.

Florence Gilbert, 5, born Halesworth.

Walter Gilbert, 2, born Halesworth.


1891   172, Spring Road, St. Helen’s, Ipswich.


Abraham was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George, 41, a Dock Labourer.

Mary, 40.

George, 19.

Florence, 15, a Mother’s Help – Domestic.

Walter, 12, an Errand Boy.

Isaac Gilbert, 8, born Halesworth.

Edith Gilbert, 4, born Ipswich.

Alice Mary Gilbert, 2, born Ipswich.

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