Herbert John Ginn

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Winchester
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 6897
Died: 23rd August 1915, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey


This is quite a complicated family story !! Herbert was the oldest of 3 siblings born to John Herbert and Alice Harriet Ginn (nee Caplin), who married in Winchester in 1888.


He also had 4 half-siblings, who were born to Alice and one Mark Rose White.


John was born in Essex in 1859 and it is not known when he died.

Alice was born in Winchester in 1868 and she passed away in Southampton in 1951.


At the 1911 Census, Alice is living in Lowford near Winchester with Mark White, her second child from her marriage and 4 other children.

The form actually states that Alice was “deserted” by her Army husband John, that she had subsequently lived with Mark and that he had fathered the last 4 children !!


Mark Rose White was an ex soldier, who had been born in Portsmouth in 1866. At the 1901 Census, he is based at Winchester Barracks, in the same unit as Alice’s brother !


Mark died in Winchester in 1923.



Stanley William   b. 1890 South Mimms Barracks   d. 21 August 1921 Mosul, Iraq   Married Ella Adey Gatland in Richmond in 1919.


A Captain in the East Yorkshire Regiment….it is has not been possible to find his battalion in Iraq in 1921.

He left £236 14s to his widow, who was living in Barnes.


Ada Alice   b. 1896 South Mimms Barracks   d. 1970 Winchester   Married Frank V. Gilmour in Southampton in 1924.

May Marina Ginn   b. 13 April 1902 Winchester   d. 1995 Croydon

Elsie Ginn   b. 1 March 1904 Winchester   d. ??

Mark Henry White-Ginn    b. 1908 Bursledon   d. 1966 Salisbury   Married Janet Black in Southampton in 1938.

Unregistered girl   b. 1911 Bursledon


Herbert enlisted as a Bandsman and is shown as a Lance Corporal at the 1911 Census ??


He died from his wounds 2 days after severe fighting during the landings at Gallipoli.


Unusually, he was buried at sea.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 3rd August 2016


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