Captain Evan Llewellyn Gibbs

Born1906 Pytte, Clyst St. George
Died1940 Dunkirk
FatherAntony Hubert Gibbs TD (1874 – 1957)
MotherMary Mercy Llewellyn (1875 – 1956)

Life Events

1930Married Monica Elizabeth Wyldbore-Smith in Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Westminster
1932Birth of son Michael Edmund Hubert Gibbs
1934Birth of son Lt. Col. Sir Peter Evan Wyldbore Gibbs LVO, CVO, KCVO
1938Birth of daughter Evadne Jane Gibbs

Biography and Notes

Baptised 21 July 1906 at St. George's, Clyst St. George. Educated at Eton College 1919/24 and Royal Military College, Sandhurst 1925-26. Killed in Action near Dunkirk, 1st June 1940.

2nd Lieut. Coldstream Guards 1926; Lieut. 1929, Capt. 1940. Served with the Shanghai Defence Force 1927-28. Resigned from the Army, February 1930 and joined British Shareholders' Trust in the City of London, but remained on the Reserve until re-called to serve in the Second World War. Member of the Stock Exchange, and partner in David A. Sevan, Stockbrokers, from 1933-39. He was killed on June 1st 1940 while commanding No. 1 Company, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards, at Hondeschoote, six miles behind Dunkirk while forming the rear guard of the B.E.F. He was buried by the villagers and afterwards buried by the War Graves Commission in Warhem Cemetery near Dunkirk. He is mentioned in the following books: "Fight Another Day" by J. M. Langley, published by Collins, 1974;
"No Dishonourable Name" by D. C. Quilter, published by Clowes, 1947; "The Coldstream Guards 1920-1946" by Michael Howard and John Sparrow, pub. by The Oxford University Press, 1951.

Portrait as a child in pastel by H. M. Heaton in possession of grandson Patrick Gibbs.