Gilbert Rubery | Profile

Regiment Rank Service No Place of Birth Date of Death Age Burial
Canadian Infantry 52nd Bn. Lance Corporal 439324 Tipton 29 May 1918 27 Huby-St. Leu British Cemetery, France

Genealogical Data

Birth of Gilbert Rubery recorded June quarter 1891 at Dudley.

1901 Census
76 Dudley Road, Tipton, Staffs.
William Benjamin Rubery (48, Chain & Anchor Works Manager, born Brierley Hill), his wife Mary Elizabeth (39, born Newcastle, Staffs), and their 7 children: Ethel Bernice (22, Governess in Private Family, born Tipton), Conrad Birch (18, Clerk in Chain & Anchor Works, born Tipton), Dorothy Muriel (16, born Tipton), John Bertram (14, born Tipton), Hilda Winifred (11, born Tipton), Gilbert (9, born Tipton), and Norman Huson (3, born Tipton). Also Sarah Poole (18, Domestic Servant, born Tipton).

1911 Census
8a Tipton Road, Woodsetton, Sedgley, Staffs.
William Benjamin Rubery (58, Managing Director of Chain, Cable & Anchor Works, born Kingswinford, Brierley Hill), his wife Mary Elizabeth (49, born Newcastle, Staffs), and their 7 children: Dorothy Muriel (26, born Tipton), Norman Huson (13, School, born Tipton), and Marjorie Joan (7, born Tipton). Also Eva Sheen (20, Domestic Servant, born Wolverhampton).

Personal Life

Gilbert Rubery had emigrated to Canada by 1911, where he worked as a Bank Clerk for the Canadian Bank of Commerce. He enlisted with the 52nd Battalion (Manitoba Regiment) on 31st May 1915 at Port Arthur, Ontario. Gilbert nominated his father, Mr W.B. Rubery of Hill Crest, Woodsetton as his next of kin. At enlistment Gilbert was 24 years old, having been born on 16th May 1891 in Tipton. He was 5 feet 9½ inches tall with a 35 inch chest. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair but with a white patch of hair on the right side of his head. His religion was Church of England.

Cause of Death

Gilbert Rubery contracted pneumonia and died on 29th May 1918 in the 59th Casualty Clearing Station, which was stationed near the town of Hesdin, France from April 1917 to August 1918. Gilbert is buried in Huby-St. Leu British Cemetery, near Hesdin. His father had the following words inscribed on his headstone “Died fighting for God, right and liberty. Such a death is immortality.”

Newspaper Cuttings

  • PATRIOTIC BROTHERS | Dudley Herald, 6th October 1917
    The youngest son of Mr W. B. Rubery, Woodsetton (Norman), has been gazetted second-lieutenant and will join the York and Lancaster Regiment. He enlisted in 1915 in the Coldstream Guards. Mr. Rubery has three sons in the army, namely: Lieutenant Jack Rubery, Royal Engineers (from West Africa); Lance-Corporal Gilbert Rubery, Canadian Contingent from Ontario, and second-Lieutenant Norman Rubery, as above. Mr. Rubery’s eldest son (Conrad) has been transferred from the British Ministry of Munitions, New York, U.S.A., to the Ministry of Munitions. He is now engaged on important war work in Yorkshire.
  • WOODSETTON OFFICER DIES OF PNEUMONIA | Dudley Herald, 8th June 1918
    A large circle of friends of the young officer (and whose sympathy will go out to his parents) will be grieved to hear of the death of Lance-Corporal Gilbert Rubery. He was one of the three sons of Mr W. B. Rubery, of Woodsetton, who joined up to fight for King and Country. He died in France of pneumonia on the 29th of last month. His brother 2nd Lieutenant Norman Rubery, of the York and Lancaster Regiment, has been wounded whilst Lieut. Jack Rubery of the Royal Engineers, is still serving in France.