Private John William Gilpin, 5th Battalion Border Regiment in WW2
The headstone of 3599463 Private J.W. Gilpin, 5th Battalion The Border Regiment
Pvte. Gilpin is buried in St Paul's (C of E) Churchyard, Frizington, Cumbria.
The inscription on the headstone reads:
"Resting where no shadows fall".
(Photograph by J. Ritson)
Private John William Gilpin, Service No 3599463 the youngest son of Mrs and the late Mr Robert Gilpin, of Jane Street, Frizington, Cumberland (now Cumbria). As a young lad he was educated at St Paul's (C of E) School in his home village of Frizington, which is approximately 2 miles from Cleator Moor and approximately 5 miles from Whitehaven.
Upon leaving school, John W. Gilpin worked as a hotel porter. In May 1939 he joined the local Territorial Battalion, the 5th Battalion The Border Regiment. With the outbreak of war with Germany in September 1939 Private John W. Gilpin was called up and went out to France and Flanders as part of the B.E.F. in early 1940. After the German breakthrough in May / June 1940 those of the 5th Border Regiment who managed to escape were among the last to be evacuated from the Dunkirk beach head. Sadly, John Gilpin was to lose his life shortly only a few weeks after the Dunkirk evacuation as the result of an accident near Thirsk, North Yorkshire. At the time he was only 20 years old.
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