Photograph and extra family information courtesy of Terrie.
Born: 1883, Framlingham, Suffolk.
Died: 22nd January 1916; age: 32; KiA.
Occupation: A Hairdresser with his own Barber’s Shop, at The Mount, Ipswich. He was also an Insurance Agent.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 10th October 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/9320.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
1891 Market Hill, Framlingham, Suffolk
Christopher was 8 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.
Sarah Elizabeth Gibbons (nee Smith), a Hairdresser – employer, born Comerton, Cambridgeshire.
George Robert Gibbons, 16, an Apprentice Hairdresser, born Framlingham.
Florence Gertrude Gibbons, 13, born Framlingham.
Beatrice Vera Gibbons, 10, born Framlingham.
Robert Acfield Gibbons, 6, born Framlingham.
Stanley Douglas Gibbons, 5, born Framlingham.
1 hairdresser’s assistant – Wilfred Warner Thurston.
In August 1891, Christopher’s mother, Sarah married Wilfred Warner Thurston.
1901 34, Elm Street, Ipswich.
Christopher was 19 years old, a Hairdresser. He was living with his employer, 27 year old Arthur Bulmer, a Hairdresser.
1911 14, Orwell Road, Ipswich.
Christopher was 28 years old, a Hairdresser – employer. He was married and Head of the Household.
George Cuthbert, 57, a Bricklayer, born Hollesley, Suffolk.
Ellen Cuthbert, 54, born Westerfield, Suffolk.
Christopher’s father was Arthur Edward Gibbons, born 1853, Framlingham – died 1889, Framlingham. He was a Master Hairdresser.
Christopher’s mother, Sarah Elizabeth Gibbons, died 1900, Framlingham.
In 1905, Ipswich, Christopher married Edith Elizabeth Cuthbert, born 1884, Ipswich. They had 5 children:
George Frederick S. Gibbons, born 1906, Ipswich.
Ernest Christopher S. Gibbons, born 1906, Ipswich – died 1906, Ipswich.
Ernest Christopher Gibbons, born September 1907, Ipswich.
Winifred Ellen M. Gibbons, born 1910, Ipswich.
Frederick S. Gibbons, born 1912, Ipswich.
Christopher’s brother, Robert Acfield Gibbons of 13, Riverside, Chelmsford, also fell. A Private, service number 34188 of the 1st Battalion of the Essex Regiment. Presumed KiA 14th April 1917 at Marchy-de-Preux, during the Battle of Arras. Remembered on Bay 7, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Family note: The company that Robert Acfield worked for in Chelmsford went to court to try and keep him working for their Company. Sadly they lost the request and Robert lost his life.
A family note:
Christopher Gibbons was my paternal grandfather! Grandma lost one of her twin sons 3 months after his death. She was working at Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries at Ipswich, as a shell inspector within a year of his death. I have been to his memorial at Ypres several times with my wife. Always remembered!
Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion: