Born: 17th June 1872, Ipswich.

Died: 10th March 1915; age 42; Died of Pleurisy & Pneumonia at the 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Warwickshire.

Occupation: Doctor of Medicine – he had practiced in Ipswich for 14 years.

William had been connected with the Volunteer and Territorial Forces for 17 years, and was gazetted Captain in the 1st East Anglian Field Ambulance on it’s formation, being transformed to the 6th (Cyclist) Battalion, of the Suffolk Regiment, as Medical Officer, in 1912. He was promoted Major in 1913, and Lieutenant Colonel to command the East Anglian Casualty Clearing Station in December 1914. He was busily engaged in completing preparations to take his unit aboard, at the time when contracted a chill which developed into the attack of pneumonia and pleurisy.

Ipswich School magazine – March 1915.


Rank; Lieutenant Colonel; Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, East Anglian Divisional Casualty Clearing Station, attached 6th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,

Ipswich, Suffolk.


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Alexander Gibb; husband of Rosina Sarah Gibb, of 38 , Anglesea Road, Ipswich.




1881   Caithness House, Anglesea Road, Ipswich.


William was 6 years old and living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

Alexander Gibb, 39, a Bank Accountant, born Leslie, Fife, Scotland.

Jessie Violet Gibb (nee Coghill), 35, born Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

Donald Calder Gibb, 8, born Ipswich.

Anderson Gibb, 7, born Ipswich.

Owen Thornton Gibb, 4, born Ipswich.

Violet Jessie Gibb, 2, born Ipswich.

David George Gibb, born Ipswich.

Alexander’s niece Elizabeth Kelt, 23, Nursery/Governess, born Scotland.

1 servant.


1891   13, Cornhill, Ipswich.


William was 18 years old, a Medical Student. He was living with his parents, siblings & cousin.

Alexander, 49, a Bank Manager.

Jessie, 45.

Anderson, 16.

Owen, 14.

David, 10.

Elizabeth Rosa Gibb, 8, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Klet, 33, Governess.

1 cook

1 housemaid.


1901   Park Place, Neale Street, Ipswich.


William was 28 years old, a Doctor of Medicine – own account. He was Head of the Household.

1 housekeeper.


1911   Major House, St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich.


William was 38 years old, a Doctor of Medicine – employer. He was married.

1 visitor.

2 domestic maids.


William’s wife, Rosina, was 60 years old and a visitor to 57 year old, Court Dressmaker – employer, Emily Pannell & her sister, 47 year old, Marian Pannell, an Antique Dealer – at their home – 98, George Street, Portman Square, Westminster, London.


William attended Ipswich School – entered 1884. He took his Doctor of Medicine at Edinburgh University, in 1900.


On the 20th September 1905, at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, London, William married, Rosina Sarah Bullock, born 1861, Westbury, Wiltshire.


William’s father, Alexander Gibb, was the Bank Manager of the Capital & Counties Bank, Cornhill, Ipswich & a J.P. He was also Mayor of Ipswich – 1909 – 1910.

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William is also remembered on the Chapel war memorial at Ipswich School, and at the Presbyterian Church formerly on London Road, Ipswich.

The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.



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