Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
8633   Private John Gamble
Save as PDF
Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Scots Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 11/04/1895
Died: 27/07/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
John Gamble was the son of James and Eliza Gamble. The family were originally lived on the Ballymena area but moved to Kilrea about 1884. John Gable was born in Kilrea on 11th April 1895. He was on of 10 known children. Johnís mother died on the eve of Christmas on 23rd December 1899. John was just four years old. His father was a railway porter. John Gamble enlisted in Glasgow around 1912. On 28th October 1914 he was wounded at Ypres and as a result spent some time in hospital. After returning to the front, Private John Gamble was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Scots Guards when he was killed in action when he shot through the head by a sniper in Belgium on 27th July 1915.
Read more on Private John Gamble
 John Gamble
Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Cambrin Churchyard Extension
  Bethune, Pas de Calais
Grave Ref: Grave E-22
CWGC Casualty 170681
Cambrin is a village about 24 kilometres north of Arras and about 8 kilometres east of Bethune, on the road to La Bassee. Cambrin Churchyard Extension is on the south side of the main road, 200 metres from the Mairie. The Commonwealth plot will be found behind the church.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 17
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 1901 Census lists Gamble family 1901 census lists John as age 5 living with the family at house 17 in Kilrea, Londonderry
2 Diamond War Memorial Project Minimal information on Guardsman John Gamble
3 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
4 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private John Gamble's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023