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Private Gilham was the son of Robert and Ellen Gilham, of Woodsend, South Street, Boughton, who are pictured below with “Gran” in a photograph kindly supplied by John Gilham. In the 1911 census, Robert Gilham was a 19 year old farm labourer, living with his parents in North Lane.
Private Gilham is remembered with honour at the Thiepval Memorial, which commemorates the Missing of the Somme - some 72,000 officers and men who have no known grave. His name appears amongst those listed between Pier and Face 12 D and 13 B. He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at St. Barnabas Church, Boughton.
He died at the end of September, at a crucial point during the Battle of the Somme, when the town of Thiepval was finally captured. There had been fierce battles for every village, copse and farmhouse gained.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1911 England census database.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Photos - Owen, and Gilham family