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ERNEST WILLIAM GIBBONS
SON OF JACK AND ETHEL GIBBONS
75 PETERBOROUGH ROAD CASTOR (NOW SITE OF CARLTON COURT)
I was born in 1918 and was called up – aged 20 – to join the army and served with the Suffolk Regiment in July 1939 already being in the Reserves. I was posted to Bury St Edmunds and when war was declared on September 3rd we were told we would be in the army as long as the war lasted.
In the October our regiment merged with the Green Howards to bring it up to strength so were posted to Chipping Campden. From here we were sent to France. On the retreat from Dunkirk, in June, we were mixed up with soldiers and sailors from different regiments and ships, so were given 48 hours leave and on our return were refitted with equipment and uniforms. Later in the year we were sent to the Middle East and in June 1942 I was taken prisoner along with many others by Rommel and the African Corps. We were taken to three different camps before finally arriving in Stalag 4F in Germany. We were set to work repairing and re-laying Railways and many other different jobs.
In 1946 I was sent home to be demobbed and helped with the harvest on Mr Wade’s farm before getting a job with Horrells Dairies at Westwood, later with the City Council working for them until I retired.
In 1952 I met and married my wife Phyllis Cooper – and have lived in Peterborough since then.