Gilbert Haley Darricotte

Gilbert Haley Darricotte was born in Clayton, Bradford, Yorkshire on 5 May 1888.

He was the son of Jabez and Elizabeth Darricotte of 13 Bradford Road, Great Lever, Bolton. He had two brothers, Frank and Alan and a sister, Bessie.

His father, Jabez Darricotte, was Headmaster of St Mark’s School and later Inspector of Schools for Bolton Education Committee. Jabez was also a prominent trade union activist, serving as an Executive Committee member and Vice President of NALGO (National Association of Local Government Officers) and edited the Bolton Guild newsletter. He had the original idea for NALGO's national Benevolent Fund.

The family's later addresses in Bolton included Fairholme, New Hall Lane, Heaton and and Prospect, Sharples.

Gilbert’s primary education was at St Mark’s School, Great Lever, Bolton and Oxford Grove Primary School, Halliwell, Bolton.

He attended Bolton Church Institute from 12 September 1899 until 1906. He obtained 3rd Class Hons in the Oxford Local Junior Examination July 1906 and later studied at Bolton Pupil Teachers' Centre at Hilden Street.

His brother, Frank Darricotte, also attended Bolton Church Institute as a scholarship boy.

Gilbert trained as a teacher at St John’s College, Battersea 1906 to 1908. He was awarded a City & Guilds of London Woodwork Teacher’s Certificate, and a Metalwork Certificate .

He served as an Assistant Teacher at Waterloo Road School, Cheetham, Manchester from 1908 to 1910.

He was Second Master of Huntingdonshire County Secondary School / Fletton Grammar School, from 1910 to 1917.

Gilbert married Dorothy Crosland in 1913 and their only son, John Crosland Darricotte was born in 1914.

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Gilbert's War

Gilbert enlisted as Ptivate10569 in the Inns of Court Officers Training Corps.

He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Huntingdon Cyclist Battalion on 31 July 1917.  He also served in the Bedfordshire Regiment and finally the 9th Battalion of the Essex Regiment. 

He was killed on 6 September 1918 during the early phase of the allied advance, near Nurlu, between Peronne and Cambrai.

His name appears on the Roll of Honour at Oxford Road Primary School in Bolton and is also listed on Peterborough War Memorial.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
September 1918

Second-Lieut. GILBERT HALEY DARRICOTTE, aged 30, has been killed in action in France during the present month. He was the eldest son of Mr. J. Darricotte, Supervisor of Schools, and after being a Pupil Teacher at Pikes-lane and Oxford-grove Schools, he was trained at St. John’s College, Battersea, 1906-8. From 1908-10 he was on the staff of Waterloo-rd School, Manchester, and from 1910-17 second master of the County Secondary School, Hunts. He married Miss Dorothy Crossland, of Bredbury, Stockport, and leaves one child, aged four years. The deceased was at first attached to the Bedfords, but later was transferred to the 9th Essex Regiment.

DARRICOTTE - Killed in action, in France, September 1918. Sec-Lieut. GILBERT HALEY DARRICOTTE, Essex Regt., aged 30 years, late second master County Secondary School, Hunts, beloved husband of Dorothy Darricotte and eldest son of Jabez and Eliz. Darricotte, Prospect, Sharples.



Gilbert Haley Darricotte

Gilbert Haley Darricotte

2nd Lieutenant

9th (Servce) Battalion
Essex Regiment

Born: Clayton, Bradford, Yorks 5 May 1888

Died: France 6 September 1918

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