F.Marshal Sir Roland Christopher Gibbs GCB, CBE, DSO

Born1921 Gratwicke Hall, Barrow Gurney
FatherGuy Melville Gibbs (1889 – 1959)
MotherMargaret Olivia St. John (1890 – 1964)

Life Events

1955Married Davina Jean Merry
1957Birth of son Aidan Joseph Gibbs
1958Birth of son James Roland Melvil Gibbs
1959Death of father Guy Melville Gibbs
1964Death of mother Margaret Olivia St. John
1966Birth of daughter Melissa Margaret Jean Gibbs

Biography and Notes

Field Marshal Sir Roland Christopher Gibbs, GCB, CBE, DSO, MC, ADC, (Gen). Baptised 31 July 1921 at Barrow Gurney. Educated at Eton and RMC.

Field Marshal 1979. Served 1939-45 War in North
Africa, Italy and N.W. Europe. On the Staff in Ministry of Defence (1956-59); Washington (1962-63) and Chief of Staff, HQ Middle East (1966-67). Commander: 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (1960-62); 16 Parachute Brigade (1963-66); British Forces Persian Gulf (1969-71); 1st British Corps B.A.O.R. (1972-74). Commander in Chief United Kingdom Land Forces (1974-76). Chief of the General Staff (1976-79). Colonel Commandant The Royal Green Jackets and The Parachute Regiment. ADC General to H.M. The Queen (1976-79). M.C. 1942; D.S.O. 1945; C.B.E. 1968; K.C.B. 1972; G.C.B. 1976.

Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire 1980. Regional Director of Salisbury Regional Board of Lloyds Bank Ltd. 1979. A Commissioner of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea (1980).

Portraits: Pastel (1926) by Miss Noyes; by John Ward; by David Morris; last in own possn. By A. C. Davidson-Houston for The Royal Green Jackets.