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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Edward Gamble

Died 16th August 1917, aged 22
Ypres, Belgium

Gamble is a well-known name in Quorn, however in the 1900s there were three totally separate, and seemingly unrelated Gamble families. George Edward Gamble belonged to the smallest of these. He was born in Quorn in 1895, his father Charles having been born in Woodthorpe and his mother Sarah Ann in Woodhouse. He was the only son and had two sisters, Laura and Alice. His father Charles Gamble ran a newsagents business at 44 Station Road, where the family also lived. George assisted his father in running the business.

The Loughborough Monitor on 4th October 1917 reported as follows:
“Quorn Soldier Missing
Official information has been received that Pte George Gamble, of Quorn has been missing since August 12. He enlisted in February 1916, and was attached to the Leicesters for some time. Subsequently he was attached to the Royal Berkshire Regt., and was sent on active service. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, he was well known and highly respected in the Quorn district. Previous to enlisting he assisted his father, who is a newsagent and stationer in the village. He is 20 years of age.”

Quorn Church Parish Magazine also recorded that George was missing in their December 1917 edition:
“Private George Gamble has been missing for two months, and his family are anxiously looking for news of him”.

George was missing for a year before his death was confirmed. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium.

1) A newspaper photograph of George Gamble
2) Station Road in the 1920s showing Gamble’s newsagents on the far left. For many years, (up until 2018), this was a fish and chip shop.

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 Submitted on: 2020-01-13
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2314
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