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Born: 10 May 1891, Apperley Bridge
Died: 18 February 1919, Eccleshill
Buried: St Wilfred’s, Calverley
Address: Brentwood, Eccleshill
Parents: Gideon & Florence May, nee Watkiss
Spouse: Elizabeth Hilda Gertrude, nee Hutton
Siblings: six sisters
Occupation: salesman
Rank: Sec Lieut
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Gideon Blackburn
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Gideon Blackburn was born on the 10th May 1891 in Apperley Bridge and baptised at St Wilfrid Church, Calverley on the 5th of June 1891, the son of Gideon Blackburn and Florence May, nee Watkiss. Gideon senior was born in 1856 in Bradford and Florence May in 1869 in Lichfield. They married in Lichfield in 1889 and came to live in Apperley Bridge at Glenhurst. Gideon senior was a wool merchant employing men. Five children were born to Gideon and Florence, Marguerite in 1890, Gideon in 1891, Dorothy in 1893, Bertha in 1896 and Beatrice in
1900 and two servants were employed to look after the family. By 1911 two more daughters had been born, Phyllis in 1902 and Florence Mary in 1904. Gideon at 19 years of age was living at home with his parents and working as a salesman for his father’s business. His sisters were at boarding school in Blackpool. In 1916 he married Elizabeth Hilda Gertrude Hutton who had been born in Bradford in 1888 and they went to live at Brentwood in Eccleshill. Gideon enlisted in 1917 in the 1/7th Battalion of the Prince of Wales
Own West Yorkshire Regiment and received the commission of 2nd Lieutenant. Nothing is known about his war service but he died on the 18th February 1919 at home. He was one of the millions worldwide who were victims of the Spanish Flu epidemic. On 21 February 1919, Gideon’s family put a notice in the columns of the Shipley Times & Express: BLACKBURN – February 18th at Brentwood, Eccleshill, Bradford, from pneumonia following influenza, in his 28th year, Gideon Blackburn, Second Lieutenant, 1/7th West Yorkshire Regiment,
very dearly loved husband of Lysbeth Blackburn and the only beloved son of the late Gideon Blackburn and Mrs Blackburn of Glenhurst, Apperley Bridge. Cortege will leave Glenhurst on Saturday morning, February 22nd, at 11 o’clock for service at Calverley Parish Church at 11.30. In his will he left £132.18s to his wife Elizabeth of Brentwood, Eccleshill and to her also his Army effects of £5.5s. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks