Thomas Gibbons

royal field artillery badgeGunner, 35479, 16th Battery, 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds, 1st November 1917, aged 37

Born at Eastoft(?) in September 1880, Thomas was the youngest son of the seven children of John (O’Toole) and Sarah Gibbons (nee Kelly). Both his parents were born in Ireland. The location of Thomas’ birth is not absolutely certain as on the 1881 census the family are said to be living in Crowle,with the young Thomas and his elder siblings all stated to have been born in Crowle. However in 1891 when they were living in Crowle Road, Eastoft they had all been born in Eastoft. The baptism register of St Norbert’s Church in Crowle also records them as being from Eastoft.

Thomas’ mother died in 1883 when he was only 3 and his father, who was a farm labourer, in 1893.

Thomas was also a farm labourer and in 1901 he was working for Thomas Emerson in Adlingfleet. In October 1910 he married Lavina Ann Button, (of Wrawby) and the couple lived in Sampson Street, Eastoft, where they had three children.

Thomas enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery at Doncaster soon after the outbreak of war. Unfortunately his service record does not survive but he spent at least some of the war with 16th Battery in 41st Brigade who went out to France in August 1914. In November 1917 the battery were in the Ypres area, supporting the infantry attacks of the Third Battle of Ypres (Paschendaele) when Thomas Gibbons lost his life, most likely to an enemy artillery attack.

He is buried in Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery, Ypres.