On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
David Gilbert: 21st June
Graduate Member since 1913; Associate Member 1914.
At the outbreak of war he was Assistant Test Engineer, Reavell & Co.
Enlisted 23rd Oct 1914
Wartime posting(s) was/were, Lance Corporal/2nd Corporal, Royal Marines, 1st Field Company, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Divisional Engineers.
Died in the Military Hospital, Citadel, Cairo from Paratyphoid. Transferred to hospital 3rd Jun 1915.
Father: late David Gilbert, served at Gallipoli.
DAVID GILBERT was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 11th February 1888.
He was educated locally and served an apprenticeship of four years with Messrs. R. H. Munro, machine-tool makers, of South Tottenham.
On its completion in 1909 he studied at the Northampton Institute, London, where he took the three-years’ course in Engineering. During this course he was sent to Messrs. Reavell and Co.’s Works at Ipswich, for practical training, and subsequently was engaged on fitting and erecting fir-compressors and steam-engines for the firm.
In November 1914 he enlisted in the Divisional Engineers of the Royal Naval Division, and went out to the Dardanelles in the early part of this year as corporal with the 1st Field Company.
After being slightly wounded in the shoulder by shrapnel, he caught a chill in the very damp trench, which produced the internal trouble from which he died. He was treated at first in a rest camp, and then passed on to the hospital at Cairo, where his death took place on 21st June 1915, at the age of twenty-seven.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1913.
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