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37 Main Street, Sunnydale
The house was built in 1908, so a century ago it would have still been very new.

The census enumerator did not use house numbers, so it is difficult to be certain which 1911 census property relates to each modern day house. However, as the enumerator was working south to north along Main Street, the assumption has been made that the families were recorded in this order.


David Gilbert, a blacksmith at the wagon works, his wife and seven children (three of whom served in the army during the First World War)

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Other Information


The three sons all served in the forces during the First World War and are listed on the Roll of Honour in St. George's Church

• John William Gilbert

• George Harry Gilbert is recorded as having been wounded and discharged

• Albert Ernest Gilbert is entry 4664 on the absent voters list used for the 14th December 1918 General Election. His service number was 240624 and his regiment was the 1st/5th Leicesters.

The 5th Battalion, had its HQ in Loughborough and was with the Lincoln and Leicester Brigade of the 46th (N Midland) Division. It arrived in France on the 28th February 1915 and spent the first few months of the war in the Armentieres sector before moving south to Loos. During the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt, which decimated the 1/4th Battalion, the 1/5th battalion was in reserve. In December 1915 the Division war was ordered to Egypt and the 1/5th battalion embarked at Marseille on the 21st January 1916 in the Cunarder Andania, a ship which was described as a floating palace, the next morning they were ordered to disembark and the division went back to the trenches of the Western Front.
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