John Gibbons

King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Personal Details

Born: 5 April 1869 in Malpas, Cheshire.

Family: He was the eldest of eight children born to Stephen Gibbons, a blacksmith, and his wife Catherine. He married Sarah Ann Hammond on 21 October 1897 at St. George’s Church, Shrewsbury. No children can be confirmed for the marriage.

Residence: In 1871 the family lived in Hampton, Cheshire; in 1881 he lived at Manor House, Hampton, Cheshire. In 1911 he was living with his wife at  Hawkstone View, Wollerton, Hodnet, Shropshire. When he enlisted in 1914 his address was Pride Hill Cottage, Ash Magna, Whitchurch and in 1939 until his death he lived at 13 Ash Magna, Whitchurch.

Employment: In 1911 his occupation was army pensioner; in 1939 he was a gardener.

Died: 30 November 1942 at Ash Magna, aged 73.

Military Details

Regiment: King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: 14732

Date of Enlistment: 2 October 1914

Date of Discharge: 12 November 1917

Reason for Discharge: No longer physically fit for war service.

Other Information: He had previously enlisted on 9 March 1887 and was discharged on 8 March 1908 (service no 1666 Shropshire Light Infantry).

Medals and Awards

None awarded as he did not serve abroad

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