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The son of Frederick William and Florence Falconbridge, Gilbert was born in Worthington, Lancashire, on 9 July 1898. By 1911, he had moved with his parents to 35 Cardiff Street, Wolverhampton, along with his siblings Harold, Dorris, Marion, Rosabella, and Frances. On 19 August 1919 he began work as an engine cleaner for the Great Western Railway, but he left voluntarily a day later.

Gilbert’s name is listed on the Penn Road war memorial, but, unlike his brother Harold, he served and survived the war. I have found what I believe to be his Medal Roll Index card, which indicates that he served as a Driver with the Army Service Corps (number T4/243292).

Gilbert married Alice A. Holden in Wolverhampton in 1925. The couple had a daughter, Beryl J., in 1926. Gilbert died in Wolverhampton in 1980.