Private Gilbert Fell
36032 17th Lancashire Fusiliers
Killed in Action 14th April 1917, aged 34
Lived at 12 Whalley Street
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France
Burnley Express 28th April 1917 - 28th April 1917

Husband of Mrs Fell of 12, Whalley Street, Burnley, Lancashire.
Employed as a weaver.
Enlisted at Burnley, Lancashire in June 1916.

Burnley News - 28th April 1917
“Fought Splendidly”
Officers Tribute to Burnley Soldier
Mrs. Fell of 12, Whalley Street, Burnley has been authoritatively informed that her husband Pte. Gilbert Fell, 36032, Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action on April 14th. He was formerly a weaver at Messrs. Walton’s Northbridge Mill. He was connected with Ebeneezer Baptist Church, and was well-known in the Burnley Lane district. He played in the Ebeneezer football team, and was also known as a runner. His brother in law Jas. Fish and his cousins John and George Fell are in France, another brother in law Jas. Thompson is on home service, and another cousin H…… Fell is in Salonika. News of his death was conveyed in a letter

Burnley News - 28th April 1917
Sunday School Cricketer
Well Known Burnley Lane Soldier Killed in Action
Private Gilbert Fell (34), Lancashire Fusiliers, whose wife resides at 12, Whalley Street, Burnley Lane, is officially reported to have been killed in action on April 14th. First intimation of the sad news was contained in an officer's letter received on Wednesday, this being followed by a War Office message on Thursday. Private Fell was called up for service as an attested man last June, and he proceeded to the front shortly before Christmas. He was well known and highly respected in the Burnley Lane district. Formerly he was a weaver at North Bridge Mill. He was associated with the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Sunday School, and was at one time and enthusiastic member of the cricket and football teams in connection with the Sunday school. He also figured in the athletic events promoted by the P.S.A., and possessed several awards for displays of his prowess as an athlete and sportsman. Sincere sympathy will be extended to his widow. Three cousins and two brothers-in-law are at present with the forces.
Mrs Fell received the following letter dated April 16th:-
"Dear Madam - it is with deep regret that I write to inform you that your husband, Private G. Fell, 36037, was killed in action on April 14th 1917. He was killed by a shell, after we had successfully attacked a certain village, and driven the Germans out. he was under my command and fought splendidly, nobly doing his duty and never faltering, and died a true soldier's death in the cause of freedom, and to protect those he loved from the infamy of slavery, so much worse than death, that the Bosches would inflict upon us all. He, along with his comrades, did not die unavenged, and their bravery and devotion to duty will in some measure have helped our cause forward to the successful conclusion we all so much desire, and which is so necessary for the future freedom of mankind. Offering you my sincere and heartfelt condolences, I have the honour to be, yours sincerely, W.H. Griffin, 2nd Lieut."




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