Fontmell Magna Church

Gilbert James Jesse

Surname: Jesse
Other names: Gilbert James
Other people in this story:
William Sidney Jesse
Ada Jesse née Rideout
Joseph Isaac Jesse
Locations in this story:
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Barkestone, Leicestershire
France & Flanders
Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas-de-Calais, France
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Gilbert James Jesse was born in Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1888 and baptised there on 19th November 1888, the son of William Sidney Jesse and Ada Jesse (née Rideout), a local family.  Gilbert spent his childhood in Fontmell Magna until, by 1901, the family had moved to Barkestone, Leicestershire.  Following his father's death in 1910 his mother moved to Lyndhurst, Hampshire. 

Gilbert enlisted and joined the 14th (Service) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 22998).  He served in France and Flanders and died at the 30th General Hospital, France, on 27th June 1917.  He was at the time Acting Lance Corporal.   He was buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, Pas-de-Calais, France, (Grave Ref: XXII.L.7A).   He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.  His brother, Joseph Isaac Jesse, who had been living in Bournemouth, Hampshire, but was serving in the Royal Field Artillery, was eventually granted probate of Gilbert's estate.


Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Joseph Isaac Jesse