Frank Moray Gibb

Frank Moray Gibb ©

Frank Moray Gibb ©

Date of birth: 1899
Place of birth: Blackhall Mill, Durham
Service No.: 263103
Rank: Private
Regiment: Gordon Highlanders
Battalion: 6th
Died: 26th July 1918 aged 19 years
Death location: France





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Life before the War
Frank was the eldest of 4 children born to parents William Sharp (1869 – 11/11/1955) and Elizabeth Annie (nee Ward 1875 – 1941).  His birth name was Francis.

William and Elizabeth were married in Lanchester, Durham in the  2nd quarter of 1899.

There is a probate for Frank’s father:
‘GIBB William Sharp of 214b Winchester-road Southampton died 11 November 1955.  Probate Winchester 16 February to Helen Ferguson Gibb spinster.  Effects £242 5s. 7d.’

Frank’s younger siblings – 2 sisters and 1 brother – were:

Edward Ward (29/07/1901 – 1976)

Helen Ferguson (08/02/1903 – 1975).  Never married

Annie Lowes (28/12/1906 – 1982).  Never married

The 1901 census shows that Frank was living with his parents at Mount Pleasant, Crook & Billy Row, Stanley St. Thomas, Durham.  His father was employed as an Insurance Superintendent.  Sarah Ward was recorded as a visitor.

By 1911 the family had moved to 145 Templemore Avenue, Belfast, Ireland and the census shows that Frank was living here with his parents, brother and sisters.

At the time of Frank’s death his parents were living at 20 Gordon Avenue, Southampton.


Military History
Frank is buried in Royallieu French National Cemetery, Compiegne.  Grave reference : G. I. 11.

Frank was originally buried in Pierrefonds Communal Cemetery, Military extension.  Grave reference : C. I. 13.   The records show his service number as 517092, 1/5th Gordons, but amended  to 263101. 6th Battalion.  He was one of 72 British servicemen who were later taken to their final resting place.


Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School:  1914 – 1915

Education & Employment:  Frank was born in Durham in 1899.  His family moved from there to Ireland before arriving in Southampton in 1914, where Frank joined Taunton’s School.

Life during the War:  Frank lived with his family on Gordon Avenue in Portswood, Southampton.  His father was Superintendent of the Prudential Insurance Company.  Frank enlisted in Southampton and joined the London Scottish Regiment but was transferred to the 6th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders.  He was killed in action and is buried in the Royallieu French National Cemetery.

Frank died on 29th July 1916 aged 19 years.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 29th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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