George Eustace Henry Gubbins

Date of birth:                     1897
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                       240868
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                            2nd/5th Battalion
Died:                                      1st May 1918 aged 20 or 21
Death Location:                Gaza

Life before the War
George was born 1897 in Southampton.  His parents were Fred Eustace and Alice Mary, nee Newman, who were married at St. James Church, Gunnersbury, Hounslow, London, on 24th January 1894.  When he married Fred was a Letter Carrier.

Fred was born 1870 and died on 14 October 1923 Southampton leaving £1482 2s 9p as per his Probate.  His mother was born 1871 Southampton.

George had 4 siblings:
Ernest Victor b. 1898 – d. 1940
Lucy Madeline 1900
Reginald Busby Fred b.1905 – d. 30th December 1956
Daisy Margery 1907

In the 1901 census George, with his parents and 2 of his siblings, was living at 37 Northam Road, St. Mary’s, Southampton.

By the 1911 census they had moved to 19 Trinity Road, Southampton. George was a Labourer Bricklayer. His father was a Letter Carrier.

Brother Ernest Victor’s National Probate of the Great War
“Gubbins, E. V., Private, 2/5th Hampshire Regt.
Already in the service at the outbreak of was he was immediately drafted to India where he was engaged on garrison duties for some time. He the proceeded to Mesopotamia, in which theatre of war he took part in numerous engagements. He finally returned to England and was demobilized in May 1919, holding the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
26, St. Mary’s Road, Southampton”.

War Service
George enlisted into the Army in Southampton joining the Hampshire Regiment, 2nd/5th (T.F.) Battalion as a Private.  His Service Number was 249868. He was killed in action in Egypt on 1st May 1918.

He is Remembered with Honour at the Jerusalem Memorial.

Jerusalem Memorial Register
“Gubbins, Pte. George Eustace Henry, 240868. 2nd/5th Bn. Hampshire Regt. 1st May, 1918.  Age 21.  Son of Alice Mary Gubbins, of 26, St. Mary’s Rd., Southampton, and the late Fred Eustace Gubbins”

National Roll of the Great Roll
“Gubbins, G. E. H. Private 2/5th Hampshire regiment.
He volunteered in September 1914 and first saw active service in India where he was engaged on important garrison duties for some time. He was later transferred to the Persian Gulf and Palestine and took part in the Battles of Gaza. After being slightly wounded in April 191, he was killed in action on May 1st of the same year and was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.
26 St Mary’s Road, Southampton”.

 

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