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Gilbert Owen Nisbett (1915 - 1942)

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Gilbert Owen Nisbett
1915 - 1942
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c. 1915
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July 15, 1942
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Gilbert Owen Nisbett was born c. 1915. He died on July 15, 1942 at age 27.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Service number: 18453 Rank: Private Regiment: New Zealand Infantry Unit/ship/squadron: 20th Bn.
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Gilbert Owen Nisbett passed away on July 15, 1942 at 27 years of age. He was buried in El Alamein War Cemetery I. F. 15., Egypt. He was born c. 1915. We are unaware of information about Gilbert's surviving family.
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In 1915, in the year that Gilbert Owen Nisbett was born, in April, the Ottoman Empire rounded up, arrested, and deported 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Turkey. As their actions continued through the next several years, an estimated 600,000 to 1 million Armenians were killed by Turkish soldiers.

In 1920, he was merely 5 years old when the Volstead Act became law. Formally called the National Prohibition Act, the Volstead Act enabled law enforcement agencies to carry out the 18th Amendment. It said that "no person shall manufacture, sell, barter, transport, import, export, deliver, or furnish any intoxicating liquor except as authorized by this act" and defined intoxicating liquor as any beverage containing more than 0.5% alcohol by volume.

In 1929, at the age of merely 14 years old, Gilbert was alive when on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1932, when he was 17 years old, five years to the day after Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, Amelia Earhart flew solo from Newfoundland to Ireland, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo and the first to replicate Lindbergh's feat. She flew over 2,000 miles in just under 15 hours.

In 1942, in the year of Gilbert Owen Nisbett's passing, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

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