Captain George Louis Downall Gibbs RN, DSO, NVO

Born1882 The Vicarage, Abingdon
Died1956 Gloucester
FatherRev. William Cobham Gibbs (1845 – 1918)
MotherAnnie Katharina Downall (1846 – 1924)

Life Events

1882Born
1918Death of father Rev. William Cobham Gibbs
1924Death of mother Annie Katharina Downall
1926Married Susan Fayth Newman in Easebourne, nr. Midhurst, Sussex
1928Birth of daughter Anne Susan Downall Gibbs
1937Birth of daughter Mary Bridget Gibbs
1942Death of wife Susan Fayth Newman
1956Died

Biography and Notes

Baptised 27 August 1882 at St. Helen's, Abingdon. Educated at Newton Abbott, Devon, 1891-6, and the Naval Training ship, Britannia 1897-8. Buried Standish 2 November 1956.

Was in Rugby Football XV Navy v. Army 1910-11 and Captain of the United Services XV 1910-11. Midshipman Royal Navy Dec. 1898; sub-Lieut. 1902; Lieut. 1904; Lieut. Commander 1910; Commander 1915; retired 1923 and attained rank of Captain R.N. 1927. Captain of Destroyers
1909-19.

In the Great War he served with the Dover Patrol 1914-15 as Captain of Destroyer Crusader and took part in the bombardment of the German Army left wing from the Coast: served with the Harwich Force 1915-18 in Destroyers Matchless, Medea and Thruster. Was Captain 2nd in command of Royal Naval Coll. Dartmouth 1919-21. Commanded H.M.S. Bryony (Commander-in-Chief s yacht) Mediterranean Fleet, 1921-3. Member of the Royal Victorian Order 1911. Companion of the Distinguished Service Order 1916. Mentioned 4 times in Despatches (13 April 1915, 25 July 1916, 22 June 1917, 7 Jan. 1918). 1914 Star, Brit. War Medal and Allies' (Victory) medal of the Great War.

From 1923 farmed with his brother Joseph at Malthouse Farm, Standish, Glos.

Second World War: Bar to D.S.O.; served throughout war: 1939-40 Narvick (Norway); 1942-44 H.M.S. Queen Emma—Dieppe Raid and others; Sierra Leone; Mediterranean. 1944-46 H.M.S. Ganges at Shotley, Suffolk. Hon.

Secretary of the Berkeley Hunt for many years.

Portrait: Pastel by W. E. Miller last in possession of his nephew Beresford.