War Dead – Cecil Gamble

Cecil was born in 1894, the son of Herbert Gamble, a lace maker, and Mary Ann Gamble. The marriage wasn’t a happy one and in 1898 Herbert was sent to prison for abandoning his wife and six children.

At the 1901 census, Cecil was living with his grandparents, Thomas and Sarah Hewett, at 5 Park Street in Long Eaton. He was also living with his aunt, Ellen Hewett, his mother, Mary Ann Gamble, and brothers Thomas Gamble, Herbert William Albert Gamble, Henry James Gamble, Ewart Gladstone Gamble, and sisters Sarah Edith Gamble and Rhoda Gamble.

At the 1911 census, Cecil and his family lived at 7 Park Street in Long Eaton. Mary Ann Gamble was living with her children Herbert William Albert Gamble (who worked as a lace draughtsman), Henry James Gamble (who worked as a tobacconist’s shop assistant), Ewart Gladstone Gamble (who worked as a lace threader), Cecil Arthur Gamble (who worked as a jeweller’s shop assistance) and Sarah Edith Gamble (who worked as a confectioner’s shop assistant). Rhoda had died in 1902, at the age of 3.

Cecil joined the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards, with service number 17218. His regiment fought in the Battle of Loos which took place 25 September and 8 October 1915. Cecil died on 28 September 1915 at the age of 21 on a day where it’s reported that there were so many deaths that the Germans stopped firing so that British troops could retrieve their dead. Cecil is commemorated at the Loos Memorial in France.

Mary Ann met John Reeves and remarried, becoming Mary Ann Reeves and at the time of Cecil’s death they were living at 57 Granville Avenue in Long Eaton. The couple were still together at the time of the 1939 register, living at 57 Granville Avenue in Long Eaton.