Hugh Squire Gilbery DCM, QSA, RFA

DCM was from Boer War

1879 Mar 2. Born St Pancras, London

1891 census at 24, Allsaints Street, Islington, London

1901 Boer War served as a Bombardier in 117 Battery Royal Field Artillery

1899 Dec 15 Battle of Colenso when DCM awarded in the action that 4 VCs were awarded

At the battle of Colenso Bridge, during the early part of Buller's advance to the relief of Ladysmith, the guns of the 14th and 66th Batteries R.F.A. had dashed forward, far in advance of their flank supports, and opened fire on the Boer position. Without shelter of any description, and in full view of the enemy strongly entrenched, they became the object of as fearful and pitiless a storm of bullets and shell as any battery has had to face in modem war. The horses were torn to pieces, the gunners littered the ground around the guns, but, with that dogged and stolid endurance, and that incapability of the British soldier to know when he is beaten, officers and men, with a heroism unsurpassed before or since, worked their guns in a desperate and hopeless endeavour to turn the tide. At last hardly enough remained to serve the guns, and any attempt to bring relief from the donga, five hundred yards to the rear, seemed only to increase the blizzard of shot and shell which swept, with out intermission, the space between the donga and the guns. Soon the batteries had no one to serve them, and they were deserted, but there were some heroic spirits who echoed Colonel Long's words, uttered as they removed him from the storm-stricken gun by which he had fallen, " Abandon be damned ! we don't abandon guns ! " General Buller, on hearing of the disaster, called for volunteers to attempt to bring them in. His call was readily answered by, among others, Captain Schofield, Captain Congreve, Captain Reed and Lieutenant Roberts, son of the Commander-in-Chief. Captain Schofield got together his team, and was able to bring in one of the only two guns which were saved. Captain Congreve and Lieutenant Roberts started out on their almost hopeless task, getting as far as hooking a second gun to a limber, and, though it was brought back, it cost the life of Lieutenant Roberts, who fell mortally wounded. Captain Congreve, badly wounded, made for the donga, but he saw his brother officer fall, and bravely returned through the hail of fire and brought him into shelter. Captain Reed brought up three teams to see what could be done at this point, and heroically dashed for the guns, but the horses could not be induced to face the storm, and, as men were falling fast at every attempt, no further endeavour was made and the remaining guns had to be abandoned. Corporal Nurse, for his gallant services during the awful ordeal, was, with the four officers, awarded the Victoria Cross.

1901 Apr 4. Gazetted DCM

1903 Jan/Mar Married in Ipswich, Suffolk

1905 NW Frontier Medal

1911 census He is a married Sergeant at 18th Battery Royal Field Artillery Higher Establishment, , Nowshera, India

1915 Jan 16 Lands in France

1916 Nov 18. Commissioned 2nd Lt in RFA

1918 Jul 31. R.H. & R.F.A.— 2nd Lt. H. S. Gilbery to be Lt.

1918 Oct 20. 2nd Lt. H. S. Gilbery (R.F.A.) is apptd.to the Labour Corps (with seniority 18 Nov. 1916), and to be actg. Capt. while comdg. P. of W.Co.

1919 Dec 7. The undermentioned. Lts. retire receiving a gratuity: — H. S. Gilbery, D.C.M., and is granted the rank of Capt.

1920 Oct 25 Joined ADRIC with service no 871. Posted to Depot Coy

1920 Dec 21. Permitted to resign

1927 Dec 24.The undermentioned having attained the age limit of liability to recall, cease to belong to the Res. of Off.: — Capt. H. S. Gilbery, D.C.M.

1939 Register . He is an attendant at a Nursing Home. Hill View Sutton Drove , Seaford U.D., Sussex,

1949 Jan/Mar Married in Leicester to Doris Kemp

1961 Mar 4. Died Chelsea aged 82

ADRIC

WO339/77632