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Sidney William Gibbs

Surname: Gibbs
Other names: Sidney William
Other people in this story:
John Gibbs
Mary Gibbs née Turnball
John Webber
Mabel Edwards née Gibbs
William Edwards
Locations in this story:
The Street, Crewkerne, Somerset
France & Flanders
Bethune Town Cemetery, near Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France
Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Seaborough, Beaminster, Dorset
Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey

Sidney Wiliam Gibbs was born in 1893 in Shaftesbury and was baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 23rd May. He was the son of John Gibbs, a baker, and Mary Gibbs née Turnball. Sidney's father died in 1894 and was buried at Holy Trinity on 16th February. His mother Mary remarried on 6th April 1896, to John Webber at Seaborough, Beaminster, Dorset and they set up home there along with Sidney. By the time of the 1911 Census Sidney had moved to The Street, Crewkerne, Somerset, where he was living with his sister Mabel and brother-in-law, William Edwards. William was a Hairdresser, Tobacconist and Confectioner and Sidney was assisting in the Hairdressing business.

Sidney enlisted in Kingston-on-Thames as a Private in the 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish) (Service No. 7842) attached to the Household Cavalry of the Line. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals. He died of wounds on 8th January 1916 and was buried at Bethune Town Cemetery, near Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France (grave id. III.D.34). He is remembered on the Holy Trinity War Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Sidney's stepfather John Webber also died in 1916 and his mother Mary was shown on the War Graves Commission memoriam as living at 440 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth. She died in Bournemouth in 1930.

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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives