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Arthur F.V. Gibbon

(Left) Arthur F.V. Gibbon, photo on passport issued 1952.
(Right) May Wells, photo on passport issued 1952.

Arthur F.V. Gibbon,
born 7 Aug 1866.
Descendant of Edward III.
Contact between the Gibbons and the Herberts was finally ending around this generation. Don't think Arthur ever stayed at Wilton House, though it is possible. His father did, and his sister Florence apparently painted the Reebkomp portrait there.
He visited his mother's family house Maesmor and stayed there.

He was educ at home by governesses. See his tutor temp 1880 Rev. Richard Germon, who married his sister.
He was educ Kensington school (near his father's house).
He was educ Dover College, Dover, Kent.
Apparently educ University of Freiburg, SW Germany, or possibly this was just school when they stayed there 1879 to 1881.

He worked in head office of Lloyds Bank, St. James's, London.
He is listed in 1891 census as a banker's clerk, in lodgings in St.James's St, London (see map).
He joined the freemasons on 16 Jan 1893 (age 26). See certificate top and bottom. He joined the Belvedere lodge, Belvedere, SE London.
He is listed as "Bankers' Clerk" at mar, living 2 Coleraine Rd, Westcombe Park, Greenwich (see map).

He mar 26 Apr 1898 (NOT Aug), Church of All Saints, Belvedere [GRO.UK] to May Wells [born 25th June 1874].
They lived 88 Elliscombe Rd, Charlton, London, at least 1899 to 1906.
They are listed at 88 Elliscombe Rd in 31 Mar 1901 census. He is "bank clerk".
He is listed as "bank clerk", living 88 Elliscombe Rd, Charlton, at son's birth in Aug 1901 [GRO.UK].
They are listed at Charlton in a diary of June 1905.
His father died 1907. He is listed as "bank clerk" at his father's probate 1907.

They lived 18 Parkside, Eltham, SE London, at least 1908 to 1911.
They are listed there in 1911 census. See house summary. He is "bank clerk".

They lived Lawn House, Hunton Bridge, Hertfordshire, there by 1913, think left by 1917.
Listed at Lawn House in [Kelly's Directory of Watford] 1913-14 to 1915-16. Not there in 1912-13 or 1919-20.
Listed at Lawn House in [Peacock's Directory of Watford] 1915 to 1925 (later entries must be out-of-date). Not there in 1914 or 1926.
Children were educ Berkhamsted School (public school), Hertfordshire.
He sold some portraits to pay for the school fees.

Lived Wharf House, Hunton Bridge, Hertfordshire, think there by 1917, there as at 1918-22.
Listed at Wharf House in [Kelly's Directory of Watford] 1919-20 to 1929 (later entries must be out-of-date). Not there in 1915-16 or 1930.

They moved 1926 to "Langley", 2 Towers Rd, Pinner, NW London.
"Arthur F. Gibbon" wit his niece Joyce Wells' mar 1932.
Arthur dies, 1956:
He died 22nd Apr 1956, age 89 yrs.
He was bur Gibbon grave, Pinner churchyard.

May dies, 1976:
She lived to see great-grandchildren.
She celebrated 100th birthday 25th June 1974.
She was living "Langley" at death.
She died "Langley", 9th Mar 1976 [GRO.UK], age 101 yrs.
She was bur Gibbon grave, Pinner.
"Langley" was sold 1976.
Arthur and May had issue:

  1. Kathleen Gibbon,
    Kathleen May, Kay,
    born 7 Dec 1899, Charlton, London [census].
    She was NOT called "Bunny". (That is Jack's wife.)
    She was educ Berkhamsted School for Girls.
    She mar 18 Sept 1926 to Ralph Gibbons [William Henry Ralph Gibbons, born 5 Dec 1897, or 6 Dec, in Church Farm, Clutton, Somerset].
    He was son of Henry Harding Gibbons and Agnes Maude Marshall Lyde.
    See Ralph's ancestry in Gibbons family tree by Ellen Duffy.
    Ralph researched his wife's family history. He redrew the Gibbon family tree c.1961.
    Ralph died 24 Nov 1965, age 67 yrs, in Napsbury Hospital, St Albans, Hertfordshire.
    Kathleen died 25 Apr 1972, age 72 yrs.
    They had issue:

    1. John Gibbons.

  2. Gerard Gibbon,
    Gerard Arthur Gibbon,
    born 16 Aug 1901, 88 Elliscombe Rd, Charlton, London [GRO.UK].
    Gerard served in RAF in WW2.

  3. Jack Gibbon,
    Jack Leonard Gibbon,
    born 7 Nov 1902, Charlton, London [census].

  4. Dora Gibbon,
    Dora Evelyn Gibbon,
    born 2 Dec 1903, Charlton.
    She was educ Berkhamsted School for Girls.
    She didn't marry.
    Lived family home, "Langley", Pinner.
    She wrote letters in 1960 to her relative the 16th Earl of Pembroke about the family history.
    "Langley" was sold in 1976 after her mother died.
    She moved to 22 Abbey Close, Pinner.
    Later was in a care home in Hatch End.
    She died 1 June 1997, age 93 yrs [grave, Pinner].

  5. Douglas Gibbon,
    Douglas Wells Gibbon,
    born [think 22] July 1905, Charlton, London [census].
    He was educ Berkhamsted School.
    Flight Lieutenant in the RAF.
    Douglas was killed in training in RAF in 1930.
    He was killed piloting an RAF plane, afternoon of 30 Nov 1930, age 25 yrs.
    His Avro plane crashed in a field at the large Pinner Park farm, NE side of Pinner (entrance on Moss Lane, see Pinner Park farm on 1932-35 map and on modern map). He was the only occupant. He was killed instantly.
    See report in The Times, 1 Dec 1930.
    (todo) See The Daily Mail, December 3, 1930, page 1, Inquest report.
    See death notice in The Times, 4 Dec 1930.
    Funeral Thur 4 Dec 1930. He was bur Pinner graveyard (very close to where he crashed).

  6. Marjorie Gibbon,
    Marjorie Joyce Gibbon,
    born 27 Nov 1906, Charlton, London [census].
    She was educ Berkhamsted School for Girls.
    She mar 22 Sept 1934 to Colin Beaumont-Price [born 6 Apr 1901].
    Marjorie died 31 Mar 1942, age 35 yrs.
    Colin fl 1972.
    They had issue:

    1. Jenifer Beaumont-Price, mar Maurice Smithers and had issue:
      1. Georgina Smithers, mar George Colwell.

  7. Rita Gibbon,
    Rita Mary Gibbon,
    born 21 Oct 1908, Eltham, London [census].
    She was educ Berkhamsted School for Girls.
    She mar 7 Sept 1935 to Gerald Withers and had issue.
    Gerald was killed in action in WW2.

  8. Montgomery Gibbon,
    Montgomery Vincent Gibbon, "Monty", NOT Montague,
    born 6 Mar 1912.
    He was educ Berkhamsted School.
    He is listed 1936 as Flight Lieutenant in the RAF.
    See engagement notice, The Times, 5 June 1936.
    He mar 10th Oct 1936, Harrow on the Hill, to Thora Mac Lagan [Thora Mearns Purcell Mac Lagan, think NOT Maclagan, born 30th Nov 1910, dau of Col. Douglas Mac Lagan, of The Gardens, West Harrow, Middlesex].
    Monty was killed in action in WW2.
    He was Squadron Leader, No. 101 Squadron, RAF, in WW2.
    Received AFC.
    He was killed Thur 8th Mar 1945, age 33 yrs. He was bomber pilot over Germany, shot down, no known grave.
    His name is marked on panel 264 on the Runnymede Memorial, Cooper's Hill, near Egham, Surrey. See his record at [CWGC].
    He is listed on the WW2 memorial in the cloisters outside the chapel at Berkhamsted School.
    The war in Europe ended in May 1945.
    Thora re-married and had issue.
    She died 29 July 2007, age 96 yrs.
    Monty and Thora had issue:

    1. Douglas Gibbon.

Arthur F.V. Gibbon, 1934.
This was apparently used as the cover photo of some magazine, possibly The Times magazine.
See other scan.


Group pictures


Kathleen, Gerard, baby Jack and nurse, 1902-03.
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Gerard and Kathleen as children, maybe c.1907.
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(Left to Right): Rita, Monty, Kathleen, Douglas, prob. 1915.
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Back (Left to Right): Douglas, Gerard, Kathleen, Jack.
Front (Left to Right): Monty, May Wells, Arthur F.V. Gibbon, Rita.
Dora, Marjorie absent.
Photo est c.1915.
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Back (Left to Right): Monty, Gerard, Marjorie, Ralph Gibbons, Kathleen, Rita, Jack.
Front (Left to Right): Arthur F.V. Gibbon, May Wells.
Dora, Douglas absent (Douglas died 1930).
Photo est c.1929.
Scan 1999. Original photo has been destroyed.




Dora Gibbon, 1964.

Memorial to Montgomery Gibbon (KIA 1945).
1939-1945 memorial, cloisters outside the chapel, Berkhamsted School.
Photo 2012. See full size.
See wider shot and wider shot.

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