Other names: Walter Matthews
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetGallipoli, TurkeyEgyptWootton Fitzpaine, DorsetBath, Somerset
Story: Walter Matthews Gibbs was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1884 and baptised at St. James Church on 17 Aug 1884 the son of Edwin George Gibbs and Mary Gibbs (nee Matthews). The family home was at Blynfield Farm, Shaftesbury, where Walter's father was the Farmer. Walter had enlisted with the Dorsetshire Yeomanry (Reserve Militia) on 7 Feb 1902 and attended the annual training regularly achieving the rank of Sergeant. (Service No. 213). He was eventually embodied on 5 Aug 1914 joining the 1st Battalion and serving in Gallipoli and Egypt from 7 Apr 1915 until 29 Apr 1916. It was announced in the London Gazette on 3 Jun 1916 that he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) after he had already been discharged, having completed his term of service, on 8 May 1916. At a very later date a certificate was issued on 7 May 1921 to the effect that he had also been Mentioned in Despatches. He was also awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star. He married Mildred Mary Dare at Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, on 18 Nov 1919. They went on to have three children. Walter died at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Somerset, on 30 May 1931 aged 46 years.