War Dead – Frank Burfield Gamble

Frank Burfield Gamble was the son of Frank William (born on 4 July 1859) and Sarah Ann Gamble, being baptised on 24 October 1886 in St. Nicholas Church in Leicester.

At the 1901 census, Frank was 14 and he lived at Glenrose, 2 Ashleigh Road in Leicester, along with his parents and his younger brother, Percy Black Gamble, who was aged 12. At the 1911 census, Frank lived at the same property in Leicester, along with his parents and his younger brother, Percy who was now aged 22. Frank William Gamble still worked as a law clerk, Frank Burfield Gamble as a warehouseman and Percy worked as a salesman. Also living with the family was their servant Edith Ellen Perkins who was aged 22.

Frank joined the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) and fought in the 1st/7th Battalion. Frank died on 1 July 1916 at the age of 29 and he is commemorated at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery.

At the time of Frank’s death, his parents lived at 2 Ashleigh Road, Leicester. At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Frank William Gamble was still alive, but now widowed, living at Gate Farm in Monks Kirby, Warwickshire. Percy married in 1915 and fought during the First World War as an airman, but his later life was more challenging as he suffered from financial problems and was then later sought by the police for failing to make maintenance payments to his wife.