Charles George Gibson

Date of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: SS Kia Ora
Rank / Service No: Assistant Steward, 124487
Died: 12th December 1918, aged 30 years
Buried: Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre (Div. 62, Plot IV, Row K, Grave 3)


Charles was the oldest of 5 siblings born to George and Kathleen Gibson (nee McLelland), who married in Rathdrum in 1888.


George was born in Droxford in 1851 and he died in Portswood on 12 August 1917.

Kathleen was born in County Meath in 1863 and it is not known when she passed away.


It’s not known when the family moved to Southampton from Ireland, but they lived at 72 Broadlands Road in Portswood.



Charles George 

Edith Annie   b. 1890 Rathdrum   d. 1945 Southampton   Married Edward George Matthews in Portswood in 1908.

Olive   b. 1892 Rathdrum   d. ??

Ethel May   b. 1895 Rathdrum   d. ??

Eva Kathleen   b. 10 December 1897 Rathdrum   d. 1989 Southampton   Married a Mr. Richards in Southampton in 1918.



It is a mystery what happened to Charles, because there is no record of a vessel Kia Ora sinking.


It must be assumed that he died of an illness during one of the ship’s regular “runs” between Southampton and France.


Charles’ headstone reads: “Dear is his memory, it will never fade.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th July 2016


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