Elizabeth Mercy Gibbs

Born1904 16 Hyde Park Gardens, Paddington
FatherAntony Hubert Gibbs TD (1874 – 1957)
MotherMary Mercy Llewellyn (1875 – 1956)

Life Events

1956Death of mother Mary Mercy Llewellyn
1957Death of father Antony Hubert Gibbs TD

Biography and Notes

Baptised at St. Michael's, Paddington 13 January 1905.

Committee Member of British Seamen's Boys' Home, Brixham, 1926-75. Made a Patron on retirement July 1975. British Red Cross Society: Mobile member V.A. Detachment Devon 14,1929; Section Leader 1932; Corporal 1941. Called up Nov. 1939 and appointed V.A.D. in charge of Camp Reception Station at Tiverton. Nursed in Military Hospitals in the Southern Command at Bath, Moreton-Hampstead and Shaftesbury, and in various Camp Reception Stations, including Plymouth. Posted to 96th (Br.) General Hospital, Belgium 1945. (Demobilised Aug. 1945). Appointed B.R.C.S. Divisional Director (East Devon) 1952-66; Divisional President 1967-74. Awarded V.M.S. Medal 1944, Class III Certificate of Honour Dec. 1966, Class II Certificate of Honour July 1974. Army War Service Medal. Defence Medal.
Devon Girl Guides, 1921-39. Brown Owl Clyst St. George Brownie Pack 1924-27. Lieut, then Captain 1st Clyst St. George Guide Co. 1925-39. District Commissioner 1937-39. Trefoil Guild (Topsham & District) 1960. Chairman 1965 and President 1970.
Boy Scouts Assn. 1926-39. Cubmaster Wolf Cub Pack 1st Clyst St. George 1926-30. Cubmaster Wolf Cub Pack 1st Clyst St. Mary 1928-30. Group Scoutmaster 1st Clyst St. George Troop 1929-39.
Royal West of England Deaf School, Exeter Ladies Committee 1950-53. Manager of (Home Office) Approved School for Senior boys, Farringdon House, Northbrook School 1945-75. School Manager, St. Margaret's School, Exeter (Woodward School) 1960-75. Clyst St. George (Church) Primary School (Lady Seaward's School) 1957. Devon Federation of Women's Institutes. Founder member of Clyst St. George & Ebford W.I. 1932. President 1950-51. Served on Devon County Federation Committee for 3 years; Hon. Secretary Drama Sub-Committee.

Drama Producer for Woodbury & District Young Farmers Clubs 1950-57; Drama producer for Clyst St. Mary and District Young Conservatives 1952-59. Member of Trustees for Devon County War (1914-18) Memorial Trust I960; Devon Nursing Association Trust I960; Founder Member of Committee of Clyst St. George & Ebford Parish Hall. Built 1930. Royal British Legion Poppyday seller
1929; Organiser for Clyst St. George & Ebford 1957-72. Badge of Honour for Service 1976. Member of Parochial Church Council, Clyst St. George Church 1950; Sidesman 1978. Devon Prisoners' Aid Committee 1950-60.

Enjoyed a trip by sea to Canada, June & July 1938, travelled from coast to coast with (cousin) Anstice Bennett whose mother was Albinia Gibbs.

Recreation: Gardening.

Portrait as a child in pastel by H. M. Heaton (pair to same of brother, Evan Llewellyn Gibbs), last in possession of Lt. Col. Peter Evan Wyldbore Gibbs.