1. Memorial:Auchonvillers Military Cemetery
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.123
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour10D GQS

Awards & Titles:

Military Medal

Family :

Son of Isaac and Sarah Maria Gibbon, of 43, Sandring Rd., Fratton, Portsmouth. Native of Portsmouth.

Education & Career :

Recorder, Portsmouth (1911).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 14/Hampshire Regiment 

14th (Service) Battalion (1st Portsmouth) Formed at Portsmouth on 3 September 1914 by the Mayor and a local Committee. Adopted by War Office on 30 May 1915. October 1915 : moved to Witley and attached to 116th Brigade in 39th Division. Landed at Le Havre 6 March 1916. 22 March 1918 : disbanded in France.

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Portsmouth No. 487 E.C.Hampshire & IOW

13th July 1911
14th September 1911
12th October 1911

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