Born: 1891, Ipswich.
Died: 9th August 1917; age 26; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 43255
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Formerly 2456, Suffolk Cyclist Regiment, 43255.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Gibbs, of 12, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.
1901 Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.
William was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Gibbs, 32, a Fishmonger – own account, born Ipswich.
Alice Gibbs (nee Dowsing), 32, born Ipswich.
Alice Emma Gibbs, 11, born Ipswich.
Walter Gibbs, 6, born Ipswich.
Harry Gibbs, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 186, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.
William was 18 years old, a Fishmonger. He was living with his father, siblings, his father’s wife & her son.
William, 40, a Fishmonger – own account.
Emma Louise Gibbs, 36, born Ipswich.
Walter, 16, a Groom.
Harry, 14, a Clerk – G.E.R.
Frederick John Gibbs, 6, born Ipswich.
James William Webster, 10, born Ipswich.
William’s mother Alce Gibbs died, 1909, Ipswich.
William is also remembered on ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL, Ipswich.
9th August 1917 The 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment
Throughout the summer months the 7th battalion remained in the Arras sector following the Aprils action (Battle of Arras) the remnants were organised into two weak companies and used in the Monchy sector in raiding activity. On the 9th August As soon as it was light the artillery began to bombard a belt of enemy trenches 2000 yards long 300 yards deep, the bombardment being continued throughout the hours of daylight. While this was in progress the front line was very thinly held, the bulk of the battalion being in caves in its own headquarters line. During the evacuation of the front line Captain L.A.G. Bowen, MC and 2nd Lieut. A. Green were gassed with phosgene shells. At 19:45 p.m the strong patrols and raiders, began moving forward under a creeping barrage, the 7th Battalion heading towards Bois du Vert and the Mound. Within a short time prisoners began to trickle in. A soon as the German first line had been reached a box barrage was put down and his second line raided. The operation was a marked success, and though the casualties were heavy, valuable information was obtained and great damage inflicted. The Battalion brought back sixty-nine prisoners and two machine guns. Captain Morbey was killed on his own parapet, after the raid was over by fire from a German aeroplane.
Extracts from The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914-27 Lieut. Colonel C.C.R.Murphy