Gilpin, John Robert (No. 7013792)

Gilpin, John Robert

Rifleman

No. 7013792, 2nd Battalion, Royal Ulster Rifles

Killed in action between Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 1940 (aged 19)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France (Column 129)

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that John Robert Gilpin was a stepson of Mary Gilpin of Cultra, Co. Down.

John Robert Gilpin was born on 18 December 1920 in County Leitrim, Republic of Ireland and he was a son of William and Esther Gilpin (nee White) who were married on 28 May 1914 in Moyne Parish Church of Ireland Church, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow.  William Gilpin, a gardener from Ballycumber, was a son of William Gilpin, a labourer.  Esther White, a domestic servant from Ballycumber, was a daughter of William White, a farmer.

William Gilpin worked as a labourer and gardener and he and Esther had at least five children:

Margaret Jane (born 18 October 1914 in Dalchoolin Cottage, Craigavad)

William (born 24 April 1917 in Dalchoolin Cottage, Ballycultra)

Esther (born 1 November 1918 in Killygar, Co Leitrim)

John Robert (born 18 December 1920 in County Leitrim)

Child born in August 1926

Their mother, Esther Gilpin (nee White) died of puerperal septicaemia in Killygar on 16 August 1926 (aged 34) and her death was registered in Mohill, Co. Leitrim.

William Gilpin re-married and he and his second wife Mary lived at Dalchoolin, Cultra.

During the Second World War Rifleman John Robert Gilpin (No. 7013792) served with the Royal Ulster Rifles and he was reported missing at Dunkirk.  Later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed on either 1 or 2 June 1940.

Rifleman John Robert Gilpin (No. 7013792) was 19 when he died, his body was never recovered, and he is commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial in France.