Follow this link to view pictures of Joseph and his obituary published in the Minutes of Conference. After six years as an army chaplain, Joseph later spent five years as a chaplain to the Territorial Army.
Joseph was born in 1882 at Ashby, Lincolnshire, to parents Thomas Wingate Gilbert, an ironstone miner, and Hannah (Ann) Simpson.
Before entering the ministry Joseph worked as a grocer’s assistant (1901).
He married Annie Whitehead (1880-1960) in the summer of 1913 at Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Birth records identify two children.
- Ann Gwendoline (1914-2000) – a school teacher (1939)
- Frederick Gavin (1917-1986) – a master market gardener (1939)
Joseph died on 28 December 1968 at Dorchester, Dorset.
- 1909 London Mission SE
- 1913 Guildford
- 1915 Chaplain H.M. Forces
- 1921 Kingston on Thames
- 1924 London Mission SE
- 1934 Barnstable
- 1938 Exeter
- 1940 Portsmouth Mission
- 1942 Dorchester
- 1946 Dorchester (S)
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1931/25
PM Minutes 1969/196
R Newman Wycherley, The Pageantry of Methodist Union, 1932, p395,344
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers