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.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres(Menin Gate) Memorial,






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.

Edith, 27.

George, 4.

Ernest, 3.

Winnie, 1.

Edith’s parents

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 R. Gibbons, born 1st July 1906, Ipswich.

Ernest Christopher Stanley Gibbons, born 1st July 1906, Ipswich – died 2nd September 1906, of Acute Enteritis & Exhustion, at 22, Tomline Road, Ipswich.

Ernest Christopher Gibbons, born September 1907, Ipswich.

Winifred Ellen M. Gibbons, born 1910, Ipswich.

Frederick Stanley Gibbons, born August 1912, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Edith Elizabeth Gibbons – widow.


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! 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:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment




Posted in First World War, Suffolk Regiment

  1. Graham Charles Gibbons says:

    This is the 1st time I have seen my grandfather,I am Grahlam Charles Gibbons
    my father was George Fredrick Gibbons born 1st July 1906 his twin brother
    Ernist Christopher Gibbons died three months after his birth October 1906.
    My father married Gwendoline Pamela Prike . Thay had three children myself
    Graham Charles Gibbons September 24th 1942!
    David Robert Gibbons September 15th 1945 my brother
    Mother had at least two misscarages my doughterinlaw found my grandfathers photo in Sailmakers in Ipswich for the thirst time in 76 years I have seen him.

  2. Graham Charles Gibbons says:

    Hi Helen and Andrew
    Thank you for replying to my email yes I would like you to pass my email address to Terrie,I have not ha any contact with any family members of the family since my brothers funeral .My youngest grandson and grandaughter would like a copy of his photo as they are both doing a family tree.I will be in Malta for remberance Sunday
    Will not be back till November 25th,I also served in the 5th battalion Royal Anglians for 4years.
    Thank you

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