John Gibbs

South Wales Borderers

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Unit/Regiment South Wales Borderers
Battalion 7th
Rank Private
Service Number 15320
Theatre of War first served in (1) France
Date of entry therein 05/09/1915
Age at Death 22
Date of Death 18 Sep 1918
Burial/Memorial Doiran Military Cemetery
CWGC Family Details
Born Darlaston, Staffs
Enlisted Newport, Mon
Resided 21, Magor Street, Newport, Mons
How Died Killed in action
Theatre of War Balkan Theatre
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Notes John Gibbs was killed on his 22nd birthday

John Gibbs's Story

South Wales Borderers cap badge


John Gibbs was born in Walsall, Staffordshire in 1896 to Sarah Ann, in both the 1901 and 1911 Census Sarah Ann states that she is married but the husband is absent from the Census. At the age of 14 John is working at the Orb Works. John didn’t marry.


John joined the army between August and December 1914, we know this because he appears in the Lysaght Roll of Honour that was published in December 1914. On 5th September 1915 the 7th Borderers landed in Boulogne, France. By 10th October 1915 they embarked for Salonika, Greece from Marseilles in France. They were to be engaged in various actions against the Bulgarian army.

On 18th September 1918 John was taking part in attacks on Pip Ridge and the Grand-Couronne when he was killed in action. He was buried at Doiran Military Cemetery, John was killed on his 22nd birthday.