As we proceed through the years 2014 to 2018, I intend to publish the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths.
GIBBS, Edward Reginald, Chaplain, attached to 1st Battalion the Grenadier Guards.
Killed in action, aged 32, on 29th March, 1918, exactly one hundred years ago today, near Arras, France.
Buried at Boisleux-au-Mont Communal Cemetery, Grave No. 2.
Medals: British War and Victory.
Before going to the Forces, Edward Gibbs had served as Archbishop Lang’s Chaplain. The Archbishop placed an altar-piece in the form of a triptych in St. Andrew’s Church in memory of Reverend Gibbs. The memorial still stands behind the altar. Reverend Gibbs died on Good Friday, 1918, and on Good Friday every year the triptych is shut, allowing the Archbishop’s inscription to be seen on the back of one of the panels.
As well as spending a few moments thinking of this man and his family, I hope that you find the details of some interest.