Brigadier Lancelot Merrivale Gibbs CVO, DSO, MC

Born1889 Charlton in the Tyntesfield Estate
FatherAntony Gibbs of Tyntesfield (1841 – 1907)
MotherJanet Louisa Merrivale (1850 – 1909)

Life Events

1907Death of father Antony Gibbs of Tyntesfield
1909Death of mother Janet Louisa Merrivale
1929Married Marjorie Florence Maxwell in St. Margaret's, Westminster
1931Birth of son David Evelyn Gibbs
1939Death of wife Marjorie Florence Maxwell
1942Married Diana Primrose Quilter

Biography and Notes

7th son of Antony Gibbs of Tyntesfield. Baptised 22 January 1890 at Wraxall, Somerset. Educated at Eton College 1902-8. Buried at Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire.

2nd Lieut. Somerset Light Infantry 1908; 2nd Lieut. Coldstream Guards December 1910, Lieut. July 1913. Coronation medal of King George V, 1911. In the Great War: Served in France, August 1914 till 1919. Adjutant, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Gds., November 1914-April 1916. Temporary Captain December 1914-July 1915. Captain July 1915. Staff Captain 1st Guards Brigade April-November 1916. Acting Lieut.-Col. in command of 2nd Battn. Coldstream Gds. November 1916-March 1917. Acting Major March-May 1917 and December 1917 to February 1918. General Staff Officer (3rd Grade) Guards Division, February to April 1918. Brigade Major 140th Infantry Brigade April 1918 to February 1919. General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (Intelligence) in British section of the Supreme War Council at Versailles February to June, 1919. Military Cross 1916 and bar 1917. Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, 1918. Mentioned four times in Despatches. Awarded 1914 Star, British War Medal, Allies' (Victory) Medal. After the War Adjutant 3rd Battn. Coldstream Gds. June to November 1919. General Staff Officer, 2nd grade, London District, December 1921 to August 1922. Aide de Camp to Lord Rawlinson, the Commander-in-Chief in India, November 1922 to March 1925, and awarded the North West Frontier Medal and one clasp in the Waziristan campaign. Second in command of 2nd Battn. Coldstream Guards when part of the Shanghai Defence Force, 1927-28. Commanded the British troops in Paris for Marshal Foch's Funeral, 1929. Lieut. Colonel December 1930, in command of 1st Battn. Coldstream Guards until 1934. A.A.G. War Office, 1934-38; retired pay 1938; Brigadier i/c Administration, London District 1939-45; reverted to retired pay 1945; recalled War Office in connection with Victory March, January-July 1946; reverted to retired pay 1946. Jubilee Medal 1937. Coronation Medal 1953 Coronation. Gentleman at Arms Her Majesty's Bodyguard.

Portrait by Marientrau, at Braishfield.