The Rev. Francis Antony Woodard Gibbs

Born1885 Barrow Court
FatherHenry Martin Gibbs (1850 – 1928)
MotherEmily Anna Otter (1854 – 1928)

Life Events

1923Married Agnes Mary Denise Ruddock in Ardeley, Herts
1924Birth of daughter Emily Matilda Jean Gibbs
1926Birth of daughter Anne Denise Perpetua Gibbs JP
1928Birth of son Major Henry Francis Gibbs
1928Death of father Henry Martin Gibbs
1928Death of mother Emily Anna Otter
1932Birth of daughter Caroline Mary Blanche Gibbs

Biography and Notes

3rd son of Henry Martin Gibbs of Barrow Court. Baptised 25 December 1885 at Barrow Gurney. Educated at Eton College 1899-1904; matric. Oxford (Magdalen College) October 1906; BA 1909, MA 1921. A pupil of Budd Johnson & Jecks, Solicitors in City of London 1909-11. A student at Wells Theological College 1911-12 and at Farnham Theological College 1912.

Deacon 1913; Priest 1914 (Southwark); Curate of Lambeth 1913-16 and 1919-20; Rector of Walkern, Herts, from 1922. In the Great War was a Chaplain to the Military Forces 1916-19 (in France, Spring to Nov. 1916 and Oct. 1917 to Oct. 1918; in North Russia two months in the summer of 1919). Wounded twice (16 Nov. 1916, near Beaumont Hamel; in Oct. 1918, near Caudry). Military Cross and bar to the same (both earned in 1918). British War Medal, Allies (Victory) Medal. Hon. Chaplain to the Forces 1921.

Portraits: by F. Crawley-Boevey (1895); by Ogilvie (1916); and a miniature (artist unknown); (last 2 in possession of his son Major Henry Francis Gibbs).