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ARTHUR HAROLD (HARRY) GIBBONS

FOURTH SON OF TOM AND HARRIET GIBBONS

OF STOCKS HILL CASTOR

 

When I left school at Castor my first job was with the Peterborough Co-operative Society but in April 1932 I joined the Radio Supply Company (later known as Rota Electric Ltd)    

I left to join the army in July 1940 and was posted to Special Z3 Radar Unit and two years later – posted to 103 Infantry Brigade Workshops as Staff / Sergeant in charge of the Stores Section.

The Regiment landed in Normandy approximately one week after D.Day crossing France into Belgium and Holland, our unit helping to get the boys out of Arnhem.

We crossed the Rhine into Germany and when peace was declared were in German Barracks at Munster Lager (on the edge of Luneburg Heath), later moving to Berlin. I was finally demobbed a year later – in May 1946.

Back in “civvy” street I rejoined Rota Electric in July of the same year and in 1947 was promoted to manager of the newly opened branch in Colchester. Three years later I was made a Company Director, in 1960 the firm sold out to Newey and Eyre Ltd and I remained with them, as Director for East Anglia, until I retired in late 1979 to care for my dear wife (formally Millie Oliver of Ailsworth) whom I married in 1940 at Bulwick Church, Northamptonshire.

I now live in Torquay having later married Jessie (a dear friend of Millies since 1947) and we have a very happy life together.

                                                June 2001.

 

P.S. I had three brothers – now deceased – Frank, George and Sidney. My mother  - Harriet (nee Popple was born at Barnack).