War Dead – Reuben Flude Gamble

Reuben Flude Gamble was baptised on 16 December 1888 at St. Andrew’s Church in Countesthorpe. He was the son of William Henry Gamble and Mary Rebecca Gamble.

At the 1891 census, Reuben lived at Onslow Street in Leicester with his parents and older siblings John Thomas, Maria and Joseph, as well as with a boarder Mrs. Read.

At the 1901 census, Reuben lived at New Street in Countesthorpe, with his older siblings John Thomas, Maria and Joseph, and his younger siblings Ellen May, Alice Amelia, William Armston and Lucy.

By the time of the 1911 census, Reuben was living at Cow Lane in Countesthorpe with his parents, but he was now the oldest sibling still at home. Ellen May, Alice Amelia, William Armston and Lucy were also still at home, and he had a new little sister, Ivy Vera. Other than for the youngest children, the parents and the children all worked in the hosiery industry.

Reuben joined the 9th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, service number 18249, but unfortunately his war records are some of those which were destroyed during the fire at Arnside Street in 1940.

Reuben died on 14 July 1916, when he was aged 29, during the Battle of the Somme. It is possible that he died during the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, part of the Somme conflict, which began on 14 July 1916 and which cost the lives of 9,194 allied troops.

At the time of Reuben’s death, his parents lived at 85 Swan Street, Sileby, Loughborough. Reuben’s life is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial in France.