PRIVATE CH/2163(S) 2/ROYAL MARINE BATTALION ROYAL NAVAL
DIVISION,ROYAL MARINES LIGHT INFANTRY.
KILLED IN ACTION 26.10.17 AGED 29yrs.
REMEMBERED ON THE TYNE COT MEMORIAL, BELGIUM
Ernest George Gibson was one of five children born to John and Fanny Gibson of Northern Woods. According to the 1901 Census three children were still at home, William, Ernest and Aubrey. Their father was a millboard maker at the local paper mill as was William. Ernest is listed as a baker of bread “learning the trade”. On the 1911 Census we learn that the parents had 5 children but only 4 living. The address given here is The Orchards, Northern Woods.
Ernest was actively involved in the Wesleyan Church at Flackwell Heath for many years and an enthusiastic Sunday school teacher.
Ernest enlisted on 21st April 1917 aged 28yrs 9mths. Embarked RM Brigade 1/6/17. Drafted for BEF 10/7/17 joined the 2nd RM Battalion 2/9/17.
He married Ruth Collins in 1915 and was called up in 1917 and joined the Royal Marines on 30 March. He soon found himself in action in Flanders. On 31st July 1917 the Third Battle Of Ypres began. He was fatally injured in the second battle of Passchendale on Oct 26 1917.
At first Ruth was told he had been wounded but later learned he had been killed. He has no known grave but is remembered like so many on the Tyne Cot Memorial. His widow late re-married to become Mrs Milne and she lived at “Ashley” Flackwell Heath. For his parents Ernest’s death followed that of brother William who died in 1911 aged 30yrs. Ernest is also remembered on the Wooburn Memorial and in the Memorial book.