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- First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial:
Memorial to Lieutenant Colonel Edward Stephen Gibbons, DSO, Middlesex Regiment. Youngest son of Sir William Gibbons, K.C.B., and Lady Sara Antoinetta Gibbons (nee Cholmeley) of of Pine Grove House, Pine Grove in Weybridge, Surrey. Baptised at St James’ Church, Weybridge on 21 July 1883. Educated at Charterhouse School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Commissioned into the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment in 1902. Served in India including on the NW Frontier in 1908. Married Annie Macgregor Lyle at the Parish Church in Folkestone by Special Licence on 2 Aug 1914. Lived at Finnart Cottage, Broom Close, Esher, Surrey. They had 2 children. Deployed to France in Aug 1914. Fought in the Battle of Armentieres (21-22 Oct 1914) and was awarded the DSO for his actions during the withdrawal from Bas Maisnil when his battalion was supporting the Highlanders. The citation for his award recorded that he had "Displayed great coolness and zeal at Le Maisnil on 21 October 1914 in a serious emergency". He was severely wounded and convalesced in England.
After his recovery he was sent to Egypt where he became Commandant of a school of instruction and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel (acting) in 1917. He was appointed the commanding officer of 7th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. They arrived at Marseille from Egypt on 17 April 1918. They were deployed at Vimy Ridge and spent time at Ottawa Camp at St. Eloy. They renewed the attack against the Hindenburg Line on 27 August with the intention of advancing to Fontaine, Cruisilles and Riencourt. By 2 September they were in trenches of the Hindenburg Line, north of the village of Bullecourt (4 km south of Arras). The battalion was out of the line between 7-15 September but returned at Inchy-en-Artois for just three days. On 19 Sep they attacked Cemetery Support, north of Mouvres and he was killed in the attack aged 35 years. He was mentioned in despatches three times during the war. He is buried in grave A.58 of Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension (see Find a Grave Memorial 56187773). He is also commemorated on a memorial in St James Church, Weybridge and on the Weybridge War Memorial, Surrey
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