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Arthur J Gibbons

Rank: Private

It has not been possible to identify with certainty Arthur J Gibbons through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

Some of the possible candidates include: Private Arthur J Gibbons (19272) of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (also fighting as a Private (40223) in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) who died in the Balkans on 25 October 1915; Private Arthur Gibbons (42884) of the Royal Inniskilling Fusillers who died on 22 August 1918 and was buried at Bertenacre Military Cemetery; Private Arthur J Gibbons (3781) of the Welsh Guards; and Royal Marine (RMA 653/S) Arthur J Gibbons.

A Gibbons family had been resident in Hampton Wick in the first half of the Nineteenth Century. The 1841 Census has details of a Gibbons family headed up by Benjamin Gibbons who had been born in the village in 1811 and his wife Susannah and four children including Benjamin (10), Elizabeth (7) George (5) and Henry (3). Although the Gibbons family, now only numbering Benjamin and wife and two younger children named as John (9) and Fred (5), were still resident in Hampton Wick at the time of the next census, by 1861 the family was split between Croydon and Birmingham. Benjamin junior had moved to Croydon with his wife and brother Fred. Henry had moved to moved to Birmingham where he still remained, aged 62, in 1901 surrounded by a plethora of female Gibbons including: Elizabeth; Emily; Nellie; Lizzie; Ada and Lillie!

Another Gibbons family member, John Gibbons, who had been born in Hampton Wick in 1844, is listed in the 1881 Census as working as a mess steward for the Corps of Royal Engineers at Aldershot. He lived with his family comprising his wife, Isabella, daughter, Mona (ten months) and three sons: William (5); Fred (3) and Hubert (2). Mysteriously, ten years later John Gibbons was working without his family as a servant in Marylebone.

By 1901 an Arthur Christian Gibbons, an electrical engineer aged 32, is listed on the Census as having an Engineering Shop on High Street, Hampton Wick. As he had been born in Worcestershire, he could possibly be related to the Midland branch of the Gibbons family. On 8 June 1913 the banns for his marriage to Isabel Holbrow were read at St John the Baptist, although the couple were subsequently married at Hexham. It is unclear how, if at all, this Arthur Gibbons is related to the Gibbons commemorated on the Memorial. If this is the Arthur Gibbons listed on the Memorial he would have been rather old to fight as he would have been 45 in 1914.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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