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Walter Stanley Gimson was born in 1885 the son of William a timber merchant and Martha Gimson (née Williams). His father was born in 1846 at Leicester and died in 1930 and his mother was born in 1853 at Leicester and died in 1923. They were married in 1876 in the Sleaford Registration District. They had nine children all born at Leicester. Walter’s siblings Emily b.1877, William Leonard, b.1879, Henry Hay b.1880, Annie b.1882, Edward Oscar b.1884, Mary b.1887, Albert Yeomans b.1891 and Margery Clara b.1893. In 1901 and 1911 the family lived at Rothesay House Victoria Road Leicester. However, Walter was boarding in Nottingham by 1911 with his business partner John James Slater and family at ‘The Hawthorns ’Dagmar Grove Nottingham. Walter married Isabel Beatrice Moss at Fulham in 1917. Walter’s probate was proven at Nottingham 30/11/1917 by which time his address was Thyra Grove Mappeley Nottingham. His effects of £4480/4s/10d were left to William Gimson, timber merchant, William Leonard Gimson, hotel proprietor and Harry Gimson timber merchant. Isobel Gimson later lived at 9 Forest Road Loughborough.
He was a cabinet maker.
16 Aug 1917
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King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
He was attached to 61st Trench Mortar Bty. Walter enlisted 14th July 1914 and served (17286) with 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire ) Regiment . He was promoted Corporal and Sergeant whilst in the regiment . On the 22nd November 1915 Walter was admitted to hospital suffering from influenza. He was discharged just three days later on the 25th November and returned to duty. Walter was admitted to hospital again on the 14th December 1915, this time with a shrapnel wound in his side and transferred to the Divisional Rest Station three days later on the 17th December 1915. Gimson was commissioned 15/3/1896 and 4/4/1916 the London Gazette reported that ‘Serjeant W S Gimson had been transferred from a (Service) Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) to the King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)’. On the 14th November 1916 the Gazette reported that on the 23/5/1916 ‘Temp. 2nd Lieutenant W. S. Gimson was transferred for duty with Trench Mortar Battalion from the Yorkshire Light Infantry.’ He was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres,often referred to as Passchendaele, at Langemarck where an attack began on the 16th August 1917. The village had been lost to the enemy in April 1915. The 7th King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was part of the leading advance, crossing the Steenbeeck early in the morning. The attack was held up by fire from blockhouses to the west of the village. These were cleared by the men of the 7th KOYLI. It was a costly battle with an estimated 15,000 casualties for an advance of no more than 1,500 yards. Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boezinge Grave Reference: IV B 48
Nottingham Evening Post 24/8/1917: ‘GIMSON. – Killed in action, August 16th, 1917, Captain Walter Stanley Gimson, M.C., partner of Gimson and Slater, cabinet manufacturers, Nottingham.’ ‘ KILLED CAPTAIN W. S. GIMSON, M.C. News has been received in Nottingham that Captain Walter Stanley Gimson, M.C., of the K.O.Y.L.I., was killed in action on August 16th. He is the fourth son of Mr. Wm. Gimson, of Rothesay, Victoria-street, Leicester, and for eight year was one of the principals in the firm of Messrs. Gimson and Slater, cabinet makers, of Nottingham. On the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Nottingham athletes in the Sherwoods, and received a commission in the K.O.Y.L.I. in January, 1916, being subsequently transferred to a trench mortar battery, which he ultimately commanded. He was wounded in December, 1916, and was awarded the Military Cross in January last. Captain Gimson, who was 33 years of age, had been on active service continuously for over two years, and was married only two months ago. He was well known in Nottingham and highly esteemed, and was a prominent playing member of the Notts. Rugby Club and a keen cricketer. Communicating the news of the his death to his wife a fellow officer says Captain Gimson was one of the most popular officers in the division, and when killed in the advance towards Langemarck was acting like a hero.’ Research by Peter Gillings
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