War Memorial File



Details Royal Field Artillery.

Service number; 850888.

Died on October 15th 1918.

Aged 29 years.


Basra War Cemetery,
I. Q. 5.


Died October 15th, 1918, aged 29 years.

Son of John and Emma Gibbons, 52, Peterborough Road, Castor, Peterborough.

Report copied from The Peterborough Advertiser, dated November 2nd 1918

GUNNER ERNEST GIBBONS, R. F. A., of Castor, died of pneumonia in Mesopotamia. He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gibbons, and joined the Peterborough Battery on the outbreak of the war. He was drafted first to India and later to Mesopotamia. Much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents and relatives.

Reports copied from The Peterborough Advertiser, dated November 9th, 1918.

THE LATE CORPORAL GIBBONS - News has been received from the War Office by Mr. and Mrs. John Gibbons, of the death in Mesopotamia, from pneumonia, of their youngest son, Corpl. Ernest William Gibbons, R. F. A. Deceased was 29 years of age, and joined the Peterborough Artillery at the outbreak of war. He was drafted first to India, and then to Mesopotamia. At one time he was a footman at Milton, and afterwards he went to Chertsey, from which place he joined up. The parents of deceased have received a letter from his late mistress, expressing sorrow and sympathy for them, and saying what a good, faithful and trustworthy servant and friend she had lost. Corpl. Gibbons was of a very quiet disposition, and was most popular and beloved by his comrades and friends. On Sunday evening a short memorial service was held, and Canon Hulbert expressed the greatest sympathy with Mr. and Mrs. Gibbons. Deceased’s parents and sisters were present at the service.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Gibbons and Family, Castor, wish to thank all kind friends for the sympathy shown to them in their sad bereavement on the death of their son, Corporal Ernest William Gibbons, at Mesopotamia, on October 15 th 1918.

There is a memorial stone in Castor churchyard with the following inscription:

Corporal Ernest William Gibbons
Youngest son of John and Emma Gibbons
Died in the British Hospital
October 15th 1918
And was buried in the New Extension Cemetery,
Makina Masus,
North of Bassah,
Aged 29 years