Major Alfred Joseph Gibbs DSO, MC

Born1887 The Rectory, Hagley, co. Worcester
Died1969 Coxwell House, Cirencester
FatherRev. William Cobham Gibbs (1845 – 1918)
MotherAnnie Katharina Downall (1846 – 1924)

Life Events

1918Death of father Rev. William Cobham Gibbs
1924Death of mother Annie Katharina Downall

Biography and Notes

5th son. Baptised 7 June 1887 at Hagley. Educated at Marlborough College 1901-5 and at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich 1906-7. Died unmarried 31 December 1969 at Coxwell House, Cirencester, and buried St. Nicholas Church, Standish, 7 January 1970.

2nd Lieut. Royal Field Artillery Dec. 1907; Lieut. December 1910; Capt. 30 October 1914. Major 2 December 1917. Retired on wound pension Aug. 1926. Was serving in Ireland 1908-10, at Aldershot 1910-August 1914. In the Great War he served in France August 1914-August 1915 and December 1915-August 1918. Aide-de-camp August 1914-June 1915, Staff Captain June-August 1915, to Commander R.A. 1st Division; Brigade Major August 1915-August 1918 32nd Divisional Artillery.

Wounded in the battle of the Aisne at Veudrasse 15 September 1914 and severely at Bayonvillers in the advance from Amiens 24 August 1918. Mentioned in despatches 3 times (Gazettes 22 June 1915, 15 June 1916, 11 December 1917). Military Cross January 1917. Companion of Distinguished Service Order January 1918. Croix de Guerre avec Palme November 1918. 1914 Star, British War medal, and Allies' (Victory) Medal of the Great War. Assistant Military Secretary to General The Lord Home in Eastern Command, England 1921-23.

From 1923-67 farmed with his brother George at Malthouse Farm.

Second World War: Served in Royal Observer Corps.

Chairman, National Trust Local Committee for Haresfield Beacon. Local Organiser S.S.A.F.A. and British Legion for many years up to 1967.

Left Malthouse Farm in 1967 and lived at Coxwell House, Cirencester until his death.

Portrait: Pastel with his brother Edward c. 1891 last in possession of his nephew Beresford.