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Name: John Gambell

Burial Number: 0628

Gender: Male

Occupation: Farmer

Born: 00/00/1855

Died: 01/02/1911

Buried: 04/02/1911


John Gambell was born in 1855 in Halton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, to Peter and Ellen Gambell (nee Lacey).  John’s Father, Peter, was a farmer at Manor Farm, Halton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire. By 1871 Peter is now farming Manor Farm in Halton which is a farm of 400 acres. He is employing 18 men and 14 boys. Peter died in 1875 in Halton Buckinghamshire, and Ellen died in 1872 in Halton Buckinghamshire.

John Gambell ran Quarry Pitt Farm in Halton Buckinghamshire after his Parent’s death. The farm was 1300 acres, and he employed 14men and 10 boys. He also had 2 of his Sister’s living with him (Elizabeth and Emily).

John married Julia Elizabeth Clayton on 30th September 1884 at St Peter’s church, Paddington, Middlesex.  After they were married, they moved to Aston Rowant, south Oxfordshire, where John continued to be a farmer.

John and Julia had 3 children-

Dennis Clayton Gambell born 1895, Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire.  Dennis was killed in action in Palestine on 30th April 1918 and is buried at the Jerusalem memorial, Israel. He joined the Sussex Yeomanry as a Lance Corporal in 1914 and obtained a commission with the 2nd 19th London Regiment as a Lieutenant. The 2nd   19th London Regiment were involved in the Sinai & Palestine Campaign of the middle Eastern theatre of WW1. This was fought between the British Empire & the Ottoman Empire.

Philip Clayton Gambell born 1887 Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire. Married Vida Marjory Bristow Webster on 18th June 1913 at Hendon Middlesex. Philip worked as an Estate Agent. He died in 1954 in Buckinghamshire

Henry Clayton Gambell born 1891 Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire. Served with the RASC in WW1 as a 2nd lieutenant. He was involved in the Mesopotamia campaign, which was the middle eastern campaign of WW1. He earned the Victory Medal. He died in 1955 in Ealing Middlesex. Marriage details unknown


In 1901 John and Julia are farming at Woodway farm in Aston Rowant Oxfordshire. By 1911 John and Julia and their Son Dennis Clayton have moved to ‘Portlet’ Downview Road Worthing Sussex.  John died on 1st February 1911.

By 1913 Julia has moved to ‘Marlborough House’ Marine Parade Worthing.  Julia married Walter Burrows Rowe on 17th May 1913, Walter was a Bank Office Manager. She died on the 2nd November 1932. She was living at 14 Shelley Road Worthing

Researcher: Jackie Rooney

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for John Gambell

Location in Cemetery

Area: NB Row: 15 Plot: 1

Exact Location (what3words):

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Julia Elizabeth beloved wife of Walter Burrows Rowe and widow of the late John Gambell died 2nd November 1932 In memory of John Gambell who died 1st February 1911 aged 56 years Also of Dennis Gambell (son of John Gambell) Lt. 2nd 19th London Regt. killed in action in Palestine 30th April 1918 aged 23 years

Further Information


Name: John Gambell

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1855

Town: Aylesbury

County: Buckinghamshire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 30/9/1884

Spouse First Name: Julia

Spouse Second Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Last Name: Clayton

Town of Marriage: Paddington

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 01/02/1911

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Portlet

Address line 2: Downview Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £556 19 s d

Current value of effects: £43463

Census Information


Manor Farm Halton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire

Peter Gambell (Head) age 48, Ellen Gambell (Wife) age 45, Thomas G (Son) age 21, Mary (Daughter) age 19, Sophia (Daughter) age 17, Lucy (Daughter) age 8 John (Son) age 6 Alice (Daughter) age 4 Emily (Daughter) age 8 months, plus 3 servants


Halton Farm Halton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire

Peter Gambell (Head) age 58, Ellen Gambell (Wife) age 54,  John Gambell (Son) age 16, Elizabeth (Daughter) age 25, Lucy (Daughter) age 18, Annie (Daughter) age 13, Emily (Daughter) age 10, plus 2 servants


Quarry Pitt Farm Halton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire

John Gambell (Head) age 26, Elizabeth Gambell (Sister) age 35, Emily Gambell (Sister) age 20, plus 1 servant


Aston Rowant Oxfordshire

John Gambell (Head) age 36, Julia (Wife) age 34, Philip C (Son) age 4, Henry C (Son) age 9 months, plus 2 servants


Woodway Farm Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire

John Gambell (Head) age 46, Julia Gambell (wife) age 44, Dennis C Gambell (Son) age 6, plus 1 governess and 2 servants


‘Portlet’ Downview Road Worthing Sussex

Julia Elizabeth Gambell (Head) age 54, Dennis Clayton Gambell (Son) age 16, plus 2 servants

Miscellaneous Information

Dennis Clayton Gambell was born to John and Julia Gambell, at Aston Rowant, South Oxfordshire and baptised on 5th April 1895.

1901 census shows Dennis living at Woodway Farm with his parents, a governess and two servants.

In 1914 the war medal records show Lieutenant Dennis Clayton Gambell is with the 19th London Regiment when he died on 30th April 1918. His mother Julia is now married to Walter Burrows Rowe and living at Fairfield, 5 Broadwater Road, Worthing.

Dennis was killed in action in Palestine leaving effects of £1078.19s.10d. to Walter Burrows Rowe, gentleman. His mother is now living at “Lynwood” Shelley Road, Worthing.

Dennis Clayton Gambell is buried and commemorated on Jerusalem Memorial Israel and Palestine (including Gaza).
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