Other names: Alwin Thomas
Locations in this story: Blynfield Farm, Shaftesbury, DorsetColchester, EssexTodber, DorsetSalisbury, WiltshireFrance & FlandersSt. James' Church, ShaftesburyEdwards Farm, Foyle Hill, ShaftesburyTisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Alwin Thomas Gibbs was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 15th August 1888 and baptised at St. James' Church on 9th September 1888. He was the son of Edwin George Gibbs and Mary Gibbs (née Matthews) who lived at Blynfield Farm near Shaftesbury. His siblings included Walter Matthews Gibbs, DCM, (b.1884) who served in the Dorset Yeomanry, Claude Ivor Bertie Gibbs (b.1897) who served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and Lucius George Gibbs (b. 1882) who served with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on receiving a commission in 1915 whilst his sister, Ada Prudence Gibbs, served with the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps in France. He lived all his early life in and around Shaftesbury until, by 1911, he had joined the 16th Lancers (The Queen's) (Service No. 5661) and was stationed in Colchester, Essex. At a later stage his Service No. was changed to L13212 and he was promoted to Sergeant. He was attached to the Corps of Hussars and served in France and Flanders from 17 May 1915. On his discharge on 22 May 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. The 1921 Census shows he had returned to Blynfield Farm and was working for his father on the farm. He married Margaret Bertha Barnes at Todber, Dorset, on 5th December 1922 and they had four children. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at Edwards Farm, Foyle Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset, was and described as a Farmer. His death was recorded in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 19th December 1975.