9 December 2013


My maternal grandfather was Joseph GIBSON, who I believe may be one of the men subject of an entry on the Association's website entitled, 'The Mystery of Four WW1 Soldiers'.

According to my family history research, my grandfather, Joseph GIBSON was born in 1889 in the Spilsby area. Prior to his military service in World War 1 he was a member of the Lincolnshire Constabulary and is included on their Roll of Honour, which was formerly held at Lincolnshire Police Headquarters but may have since been deposited at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. The date of his death recorded on the Police Roll match that of Private J Gibson, Service Number 21523, listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as being buried at Varennes Military Cemetery.

In common with many other families, the Gibsons paid a very high price for our freedom. Both of Joseph's brothers, Private Robert GIBSON (Service Number 10284) and Private Jonathon GIBSON (Service Number 22619), also lost their lives in WW1 on 16th November 1916 and 4th March 1917, respectively. Robert is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and Jonathon lies in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand.

This 'Band of Brothers' were all members of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and are commemorated together on the War Memorial at East Keal near Spilsby. I have attached a photo of the memorial. Robert and Jonathon are both shown as members of the second battalion, while Joseph was a member of the seventh battalion.

Recognising that 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and as a small tribute to the grandfather and uncles I never knew, I am researching their lives with a view to compiling a record to be passed on to my own children and grandchildren.

I am pleased to have been able to visit the Association's website and intrigued by the apparent disparity in records concerning my grandfather. I would be happy for any of the information above to be added to your website by way of an update to the entry to which I have referred, should you so wish.

With Kind Regards

Robert (Bob) Garlant


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