Stanley Gordon Gibbs

Stanley Gordon Gibbs, born in Southampton lived with parents Hugh Frederick and Sarah Ann Gibbs as well as younger sister Violet at 37 High Street, Shirley. His 12 year old brother Hugh was at boarding school.

Stanley was educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey and at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. He served in the Royal Marines Light Infantry and the Royal Army Service Corps before moving to Australia as a Defence Officer when he was 27 years of age.

Following the outbreak of war, he enlisted with the Australian Army Service as a Captain on 1st November 1914, joining the Light Horse Brigade Train 3 unit. The unit embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Chilka on 2nd February 1915.

Stanley was mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Brevet Major, which would have been a promotion in the field. He was killed in action on 20th September 1917 on the Menin Road, one of the major battles during the Battle of 3rd Ypres.

The Australian military records show that Stanley’s next of kin was Captain H.E. Gibbs who was likely to have been his older brother.

By 1911 his brother Hugh Edward Gibbs had become a Captain in the Army Veterinary Corps and their parents were living at 32 Howard Road, Southampton.

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