Cigarette Case of Lt Gilbert Kilner
Cigarette case of Lt Gilbert Kilner, MC, 5th Battalion. The case was in his breast pocket at Suvla Bay , Gallipoli on 12 August 1915 when a piece of shrapnel passed through the sleeve of his tunic and struck the case.
Gilbert Kilner was born in 1888, the 5th child of eight of Charles Scott Kilner, physician and surgeon of Bury St Edmunds and Lucy his wife. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he was working as a civil engineer in Brazil. He arrived back in the United Kingdom on 30 September and three weeks later was commissioned into the 5th (Territorial) Battalion The Suffolk Regiment. He was promoted Lieutenant on 1 June 1916, having previously been an Acting Captain while serving as Brigade Machine Gun Officer. At the end of the war, on 4 December 1918, he married in Abbassia, Egypt, Cecily Faith Mary Peters a VAD Nurse.
During the 1939-1945 war Kilner, then living in Ixworth, managing the Ixworth Cyder Factory, commanded Company 2nd Battalion Suffolk Home Guard. He retired from the Factory in 1958 and died two years later.
The 5th Battalion arrived at Gallipoli as part of 163 Brigade on 10 August 1915. Two days later the Brigade was ordered to occupy Kuchik Anafarte Ora. According to the Battalion War Diary for 12 August the Battalion came under heavy fire: rifle and shrapnel casualties heavy advancing form reserve trenches.