BERNARD GIBBS (British War Medal)(Victory Medal)(Silver War Badge)

Rank: Lance Coporal
Service Number: 33335.
Died of wounds Wednesday 8th October 1919 Age 34County Memorial Runcorn
Commemorated\Buried RUNCORN CEMETERY
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Bernard was born in Burton on Trent in 1885 to Annie and William Gibbs, and in 1911 was living with his mother, Annie Gibbs (62) and the rest of his family. Ralph (27), May (31), Harold (23) and Jessie (21).

He was employed as a commercial clerk for the Co-Operative Society. His brother also being a commercial clerk but for an engineering company. All of the family came from Staffordshire.

He married Lucy Mildred Sutton in 1916. They had no children.

He attested in Frodsham on 29th November 1915, joining the  22nd Reserve Battalion of The Kings Liverpool Regiment as 39024 before transferring to the Border Regiment.

He is reported to have been 5ft 10 inches,  164 lbs in weight and of a good physical development.

He was admitted to hospital on 4th May 1917 suffering from dysentery, and stayed for 27 days. During this stay he had negative tests for Typhoid, Paratyphoid and Dysentery Organisms

He was then moved on the 31st May to a dysentery convalescent hospital at Barton, New Milton on the south coast near Bournemouth, and stayed here for 65 days, being discharged on 4th August 1917. He continued to receive treatment until August 1918.

He was discharged from the Army in October 1918, and was issued a silver war badge (B74627).

However, he continued to have problems with his health,  and sadly passed away on 8th October 1919. He is buried in Runcorn Cemetery in Plot 7 Grave 12 with his wife.

His estate, valued at £210 8S was left to his brother Harold Hawthorn Gibbs who was general manager of a quarry company.