Harry Gilbert was a Whitchurch soldier who survived the First World War after going the war right at the beginning. During action he was seriously wounded and lay in No Man’s Land for 9 hours. Once taken from the battlefield he was sent to an advance dressing station and eventually sent on a hospital ship to Liverpool.
He returned to Whitchurch to recuperate and was subsequently sent back to the front line.
The weeping willows which are now at the allotments were planted by him in 1919 for the ‘Fallen’ of World War 1.
At Harry’s funeral in 1988 Lord Denning said “when you see these trees along Winchester Road you will be reminded of Harry Gilbert”.
ALL WELCOME to this very special event at 12noon.
|Venue:||Allotments, Winchester Road, Whitchurch|