Other names: Walter Matthews
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetGallipoli, TurkeyEgyptWootton Fitzpaine, DorsetBath, SomersetBlynfield Farm, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, Shaftesbury
Story: Walter Matthews Gibbs was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset in 1884 and baptised at St. James' Church on 17th August 1884. He was the son of Edwin George Gibbs and Mary Gibbs (née Matthews) and his siblings included Alwin (b.1888) who served in the 16th Lancers and Claude Ivor Bertie (b.1897) who served in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the war. 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 7th February 1902 and attended annual training regularly, achieving the rank of Sergeant (Service No. 213). He was eventually embodied on 5th August 1914, joining the 1st Battalion and serving at Gallipoli and in Egypt from 7th April 1915 until 29th April 1916. It was announced in the London Gazette on 3rd June 1916 that he had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) after he had already been discharged, having completed his term of service, on 8th May 1916. At a very later date a certificate was issued on 7th May 1921 to the effect that he had also been Mentioned in Despatches. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914/1915 Star. He married Mildred Mary Dare at Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, on 18th November 1919. They went on to have three children. Walter died at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Somerset, on 30 May 1931 aged 46 years.