Names on Motcombe War Memorial 4

Walter Frederick Gibbons

Surname: Gibbons
Other names: Walter Frederick
Other people in this story:
Arthur Gibbons
Mary Ann Gibbons nee Powley
Sarah Ellen Gibbons née Arnold
Locations in this story:
Acton, Middlesex
France & Flanders
Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery,Hainaut, Belgium
Church Road, Acton, Middlesex
Motcombe, Dorset
Taunton
Sunningdale Park, Windsor
Chiswick, Middlesex
Heston, Middlesex
Tooting Graveney, Wandsworth
West Ealing, Middlesex

Story:
Walter Frederick Gibbons was born in 1880 in Acton, Middlesex. He was the son of Arthur Gibbons, a house decorator, and Mary Ann Gibbons (nee Powley). By 1901 Walter's mother was living with her father in Chiswick whilst his father, Arthur, had been placed in the Heston, Middlesex, workhouse and was described as an 'imbecile'. He later died in 1906. Walter had by then found work as a Domestic Stable Helper at Sunningdale Park, Windsor. On the 23rd December, 1908, he married Sarah Ellen (known as Nellie) Arnold at Tooting Graveney, Wandsworth, London. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was a Regular Soldier in the Somerset Light Infantry (Service No. 5371) based at The Barracks, The Depot, 13th Prince Albert's Light Infantry & Military Hospital, Mount Street, Taunton, at which time he held the rank of Sergeant. His wife was living in married quarters also in Taunton. Walter's mother was then living in West Ealing, Middlesex. He served in France & Flanders and at the time of his death he was with the 1st Battalion of the Regiment. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 14 Star medals and was posthumously Mentioned in Dispatches on 22nd June 1915. He died on 1st March 1915 and was buried at Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium, in Flanders (grave id. I C 2). He is remembered on the Motcombe War Memorial, Dorset. His wife is recorded in the 1939 Register as living at 'Clovelly' Motcombe, (near the village shop.)

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  • Motcombe War Memorial 5
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  • Motcombe War Memorial 2
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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives