Charles William Gibbard

Date of birth: 1896
Place of birth: St Denys, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Private, 10251
Died: 10th August 1915, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey

 

Charles was the only child of Joanna Gibbard and an unknown father. Joanna was only 19 years old when giving birth to Charles, but it is interesting that she was already in Southampton.

 

Joanna was born in 1877 in Didcot, the daughter of George and Martha Gibbard. Both her parents were born in Oxfordshire and both of them passed away in Southampton.

 

Joanna married Francis Wylde in Portswood in 1901. The couple lived at 105 Priory Road, Portswood and they had 4 children.

Joanna passed away in the city in 1949.

 

Half siblings

Frances Ellen Wylde   b. 1903 Portswood   d. 1985 Winchester   Married Percy A. Young in Southampton in 1928.

Frank Wylde   b. 1904 Portswood   d. 1968 Winchester  Married Lydia M. Perry in Southampton in 1931.

Hilda Wylde   b. 1906 Portswood   d. 1979 Southampton   Married Clarence E. Tufts in Southampton in 1930.

Frederick Arthur Wylde   b. 1909 Portswood   d. 1946 Southampton   Married Lilian A. Hepher in Southampton in 1933.

 

The 10th (Service) battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914, as part of the K1 New Army. It moved immediately to Dublin and was attached to the 10th (Irish) Division.

They transferred to the 29th Brigade in the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915, and they moved to Basingstoke in May.

 

The Brigade sailed from Liverpool on 7 July 1915, and landed at Anzac Cove on 6 August.

Within a matter of days, the Brigade was involved in very heavy fighting with huge numbers of Turks at Sari Bair.

 

Not only did Charles lose his life during this engagement, but the Battalion lost the majority of its fighting strength during the short time it was on the Peninsula.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th July 2016
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