Edward Gibson

Village memories: Station Road (picture from SWOP website)

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Private 702529 23rd Battalion, London Regiment
Killed in action on 2nd October 1916 aged 27
Remembered with Honour in Warlencourt British Cemetery
Grave reference VII.R.37
Formerly 5817 and 22799 OBLI.

Edward was born in Loudwater in 1889 to Alfred and Mary Ann. Alfred was employed as a paper maker and beaterman. By 1911 Edward was employed as a 'half stuff maker' living with his widowed mother in Station Road, Loudwater, and his brother and two sisters who were still at school.
Edward originally enlisted in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry at Oxford in February 1916 but was transferred to the London Regiment where he was attached to the 23rd Battalion, moving to France after three months training. Private Gibson was killed in action in Flanders on 2nd October 1916 at the age of 36.
He was originally reported as missing in action but shortly after the Bucks Free Press confirmed his date of death as above and mentioned 'The deceased was employed for twelve years by Mr P.J.Ashdown at Loudwater Mill (where he was held in high esteem), and for a short time he was with Mr Holt Thomas, who is well known in the aviation world. He was a member of the Loudwater Branch of the C.E.M.S. and interested himself in general church work'.
Edward is remembered with honour in the Warlencourt British Cemetery, France.

Additional information taken from the Buckinghamshire Remembers website:

Name Edward Herbert GIBSON
Rank/Number Private 702529
Regiment London Regiment 23rd Battalion
Enlisted Oxford
Age/Date of death 36 02 Oct 1916
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action France & Flanders
Last known address Loudwater
Cemetery Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Grave or Memorial Reference VII.R.37
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth c1880 Loudwater
Date/Place of baptism 16 Jun 1895 Loudwater
Pre-war occupation of Casualty
Parents Alfred & Mary Ann (Marianne) Gibson
Parent's occupation paper maker - beaterman
Parents’ Address (last known) 1901: Station Rd, Loudwater
Wife’s Address (last known)
Notes formerly 5817 & 22799 OBLI. CWGC gives middle initial as R

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