John (b.1868) & Emily (b.1869) Gibbs & descendants

Rob Forsyth

Research to find dates of birth and death is ongoing:meanwhile....

1901 census

The 1901 census shows that John (right) worked on his 'own account' i.e. he was self employed as a gardener. The family story was that he worked for a 'big house' in Deddington. At that time this would have meant either Deddington Manor or Castle House. The fact that the family have a picture of the latter (left)leads one to presume that this was the house.
Their daughter Edith (b. c1893) is believed to have died at a young age.

Their son Walter Eden (b. c1908) would have been 18 or 19 when WWI started in 1914.

He joined as a Private in the Army Service Corps

Walter became a Baker in the Arny Service Corps (ASC) as these photos show sometime in 1914/15.

Left photo: Back row on the left

Right photo:Middle row behind the man with hands on hips.                                  

His regiment was sent out to Gallipoli (April 1915-Jan 1916) where he collected some shrapnel and was sent home to hospital.

Left photo: Walter is on the right posing with a friend - wearing statutory pith helmets - before going off to war.

Right photo: He was invalided to Englefield Re-habiliation Hospital (Princess Christian), Surrey, where the inmates wore hospital 'blues' uniform consisting of blue trousers, blue jacket with white lapels, white shirt, red tie and regimental cap He is middle row 2nd from right.

Post war Walter married Leah (née Wilson) who came from Sheffield. In due course they moved to Sheffield. They had one daughter Beryl Eden (b.??) who married Albert Cutts. Andrew Cutts, who has provided the information and photos for this article, is their son.


Left photo is of John in old age with his daughter-in-law Leah. We dont know where and when the photo was taken but we do know that John was a member of the Bowls Club circa 1930.

Right photo - he is the man in the white hat standing on the right


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His wife, Emily, was definitely living in Deddington in 1938 because a letter was addressed to her there. 

Photo albums

John Gibbs

Private Walter Gibbs

Other branches of the Gibbs family

There are now at least 4 branches of this family whose details we have recorded.. As yet no common ancestor has been found.