Gilbert, Kenneth Nigel Wilson


He was the son of John Wilson Gilbert and Marianne Margaret Gilbert of Cringleford, near Norwich, and one of three Wykehamist brothers. He entered Winchester from Sandroyd School, became a House Prefect and in his last year played in O.T.H. VI and Association XI. He left in 1907 for the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

On the outbreak of war he was in the Lands Department of the War Office. He obtained a commission in the R.F.A. and joined the 32nd Battery in France in November 1915. He was awarded the M.C. in 1916 “for coolness and disregard of danger on two days when his battery was heavily shelled… He also led a party to save ammunition from a dump which had become ignited.” In July 1917, he was wounded while commanding his battery in the Third Battle of Ypres, and returned to England to recover. He went back to the front in September 1917, but was invalided home shortly afterwards and took up work at the War Office. In October 1918 he fell victim to the Spanish Influenza pandemic that was sweeping the world, he developed pneumonia and he died on the 15th October.

Captain Gilbert married in 1917 Miss Winifred Buckland, daughter of Mr. E.H. Buckland, his old Housemaster, and left one daughter.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gilbert
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth Nigel Wilson
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1902-1907
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 23rd August 1888
  • Date of Death: 15th October 1918
  • How Died: Died from Pneumonia
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C2
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: ST PETER'S CHURCH, CRINGLEFORD, NORWICH