Gilbert Carmichael (1883–1918), Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, the Manchester Regiment, died in action at the Second Battle of the Somme on 25 March 1918, aged 34. His death is recorded on the Pozières Memorial (panels 64–67), in northern France and he is commemorated on this family monument. He is also commemorated on the March Grammar School war memorial now in the Neale-Wade Community College in March,the Penpont war memorial in Dumfriesshire, Scotland and on a family grave in Penpont Churchyard in Grave 482.
Gilbert was born on 15 November 1883 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was one of at least five children born to Gilbert Carmichael and Margaret Carmichael (née McMillan). His father and his mother’s father were both lead miners. Gilbert was educated at Penpont Public School, Dumfriesshire between 1888 and 1897 and Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfriesshire between 1897 and 1901. He matriculated at Edinburgh University on 1 October 1902. He obtained his ordinary degree of MA in 1906 having passed Latin, Logic, Natural Philosophy, English, British History, Education and Geology.He also distinguished himself in athletics and gained a “blue” in football. Gilbert married Elizabeth Helena Ablitt in 1914 in Cambridge. They had a daughter: Mary K. (1916–).
Gilbert was a school master. He taught at March Grammar School, Cambridgeshire, Ashville College, Harrogate, Yorkshire (1908 – 1912), and King Edward’s School, Stafford. Finally, on 8 May 1914 he was appointed the History and Latin master at Keighley Grammar School, Yorkshire where he was initially paid £160 per annum rising to £180 per annum by 1916. He took over the position from his elder brother, Andrew McMillan Carmichael. Between 1914 and 1915 he also taught English classes at Keighley Technical Institute. He was credited with the success of the football team whilst at Ashville College. He was called up in 1916 and, like many well-educated men, was quickly commissioned. He became 2nd Lieutenant of the 10th Manchester Regiment, att 2/6th Manchester Regiment. Gilbert was killed in action by a shell on 25 March 1918, aged 34, at the Second Battle of the Somme whilst commanding his company. It was the opening day of the powerful German offensive known as the Kaisersschlacht. His body was not identified, and he is commemorated on the Pozières Memorial.
Lat Lon : 52.203165, 0.13647358 – click here for location
Parish : St Andrew the Great
War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Census returns for Scotland: 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
The Keighlian, November 1918
Communications from Selina Mary Bond, granddaughter of Gilbert Carmichael. Information kindly provided by the following institutions: Neale-Wade Academy, March; University of Edinburgh; Ashville College, Harrogate; and Oakbank School, Keighley.
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent