Herbert George GUMBLETON

Name: Herbert George GUMBLETON  Q0073 
Born: 16 Oct 1880  Lambeth RD, Surrey, England
Baptised: 13 Mar 1881  Lambeth, Surrey, England
Parents: Richard GUMBLETON Elizabeth BOWDITCH
Died:26 Aug 1961 Windsor, Berkshire, England
Occupation:Royal Artillery  Herbert George GUMBLETON
Herbert George Gumbleton ca. 1917
Spouse 1Christina Margaret GORDON
Married 25 Mar 1911
Guildford, Surrey, England
(Died 6 Nov 1961 Windsor, Berkshire, England)
Child 1 R0330 Reginald Gordon WEST 1911
Child 2 R0331 Elrington George Gumbleton WEST 1917
Herbert George GUMBLETON was born 16 Oct 1880 at 4 Eythorn Rd, Brixton, Surrey, the son of Richard GUMBLETON and Elizabeth BOWDITCH. He was baptised at St Anne, South Lambeth, on 13 Mar 1881. On 3 Apr 1881 he was listed in the census with his parents at 4 Eythorne Rd, Brixton, Surrey. He was still living there with them in 1891.

In 1896, aged 15, he was employed in the Locomotive Department of the London and South Western railway. In 1898, he applied for admission to the Royal Artillery and commenced service on 21 Mar 1898 but was discharged on 14 May, the same year. He rejoined the army, apparently under the name of George WEST and served in the Boer War—he was in South Africa by March 1900. He fought in the engagement at Bakenlaagte on 30 Oct 1901, which made a great impression on him. In later years he called his houses 'Bakenlaagte'. He could not be found in the 1901 census and was probably in South Africa at the time. His medals include the Queen's South Africa Medal and the King's South Africa Medal.

On 25 Mar 1911 he was married to Christina Margaret GORDON at the Register Office, Guilford, Surrey. At the time he was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery and his address is given as The Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich. His wife's address is given as 55 Stoke Rd, Guildford. In the 1911 census, they were living at 36 Eglinton Road, Plumstead, Woolwich.

They had two children:

  • Reginald Gordon WEST, born 29 Dec 1911 in the Alton registration district.
  • Elrington George Gumbleton WEST, 12 Aug 1917, in Melrose, Scotland.
His marriage certificate includes the marginal note: In the entry No 140 Col 2 for “Gumbleton” read “Gumbleton otherwise West” corrected on the 18th day of April 1912 by me E.H.Emery, Registrar in the presence of Thomas Harker Deputy Superintendant Registrar. Christina Margaret West; Alexander Gordon witnesses. A note on his change of name is included on copies of his birth and marriage certificates by a commissioner for oaths and dated 29 Aug 1956

He was a serving soldier at the outbreak of World War I, but his regiment were posted to Jamaica, where he served throughout the war. His wife spent some time with him there, returning to England when she became pregnant. In 1915 he was promoted to the rank of Master Gunner (2nd class). After the war he returned to England in January 1919 and worked at Windsor Castle, managing the raising and lowering of the flag. He had moved to 26 Kings Road, Windsor by August 1922 and lived there for many years. In the early 1920s he worked on the construction of Wembley Stadium (opened in 1924) and cycled there daily from his home in Windsor.

He later worked for Bucklands estate agents in Windsor.

During World War II, he was a special constable.

He was a musician - he owned a piano and violin. He sang in the choir at Windsor Parish Church and was choirmaster and organist at Old Windsor. In Jamaica he played the organ in the local anglican church: Half Way Tree Church.

In the late 1940s he lived in St Andrew's Crescent, Windsor. In about 1953 he moved to Tunbridge Wells (where his son Reg had recently moved). He returned to Windsor and lived at 63 Upcroft. He had certainly moved there by the time of his 50th wedding anniversary in March 1961.

He died the 26 Aug 1961 at 63 Upcroft, Clewer, Berks. He was aged 80. 

11 Nov 1880 Birth certificate of Herbert George Gumbleton Lambeth RD (Registration district), Surrey, England Birth certificate
1880 Dec Qr Birth registration of Herbert George GUMBLETON Lambeth RD (Registration district), Surrey, England Civil registration birth registers
13 Mar 1881 Baptism of Herbert George Gumbleton South Lambeth, St Anne, Surrey, England Baptisms index
3 Apr 1881 Herbert G. GUMBLETON (age 5 m) living in 4 Eythorne Rd, Brixton, Surrey in 1881 census Brixton, Surrey, England 1881 census
5 Apr 1891 Herbert G Gumbleton (age 10) living in 4 Eythorn Road, Brixton in 1891 census Brixton, Surrey, England 1891 census
1896 Railway Emplyment records for Herbert George Gumbleton London, Middlesex, England View details
10 Mar 1898 Attestation papers of Herbert George Gumbleton View details
25 Mar 1911 Marriage certificate of Herbert George Gumbleton and Christina Margaret Gordon Guildford Marriage certificate
2 Apr 1911 George West (age 30) living in 36 Eglinton Rd Plumstead in 1911 census Plumstead, Surrey, England 1911 census
1918 Army List 1918: George West View details
1926 Spring Herbert George West living at 20 Kings Rd Windsor, Berkshire, England Electoral rolls
1 Jun 1939 1939 Register: Herbert G West living in New Windsor Metropolitan Borough New Windsor Metropolitan Borough 1939 Register
21 Jun 1952 Herbert George GUMBLETON referenced in Will of Ellen Louisa Gumbleton of Ealing Ealing, Middlesex View details
1961 Sep Qr Death registration of Herbert G West Windsor & Maidenhead RD, Berkshire, England Civil registration death registers

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