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Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
William Bernard Gibney was the son of James William Bernard Gibney and Jane Wright who married at Wolverhampton in 1874. Among their children were: Bernard Patrick (b.1875), Joseph Edward (b.1876/d.1878), William Bernard (b.1878), John Joseph (b.1879), Theresa Agnes (b.1882), Mary Patricia (b.1883), Irene Jane (b.1891) and Agnes (b.1893). The family lived at: 6 Park Terrace, All Saints Parish , Birmingham [C.1881]; 34 Hall Street, Birmingham [C.1891]; 75 Woodborough Road, St Ann’s [C.1901] and 61 Gamble Street, Nottingham [C.1911]. James William Bernard Gibney, who gained employment as an electro-plater [C.1901], died at Nottingham, aged 54, in 1907. His widow, Jane, died at Nottingham, aged 86 in 1936. In 1905 William Bernard Gibney married Ellen Love at Nottingham. Their children included: Kathlene Irene (b.1906), John William (b.1908), Albert Edward (b.1911/d.1912) and Theresa Agnes (b.1914). They lived at 15 Florence Terrace, Pinder’s House Road, Meadows, Nottingham [C.1911]; 11 Kennington Road, Radford [Army records/1919]. In 1920 Ellen Gibney married George H. Kirk at Nottingham. She died at Nottingham, aged 58 in 1944.
17 Jul 1919
44th Coy Labour Corps
He enlisted on 13 February 1915 at Nottingham; joined the 1st Bn. King’s Royal Rifles out at the front on 19 June 1915; went down with enteritis on 6 September 1916; taken to hospital suffering with pneumonia 18 March 1917, transferred first to a hospital in Rouen and subsequently sent back to England on 29 March 1917 where he was treated for twenty three days at Cyngfeld VAD Hospital, Kingsland, Shrewsbury with a further ten days at the Wellington Infirmary Hospital in Shropshire; following his recovery he went back to France on 16 June 1917; posted to the 21st Bn. King’s Royal Rifles on 10 July 1917; suffered a wound to his arm and the effects of a gas shell attack on 31 July 1917; sent back to England on 8 August 1917 and the next twenty one days were spent at the Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich being treated for the gas attack, followed by a further thirty six days at the Red Cross Hospital at Garholdisham also in Norfolk; he went back to France on 28 November 1917; joined the 1st Bn. King’s Royal Rifles on 16 March 1918; lengthy spells in various hospitals in France covering the period from 14 April 1918 to 13 July 1918 being treated for various medical conditions including diarrhoea; transferred to the 172nd Company Labour Corps [Service No.633106] on 22 September 1918; on 19 January 1919 posted to the 44th Company Labour Corps; eventually sent back to England on February 1919 for eventual demobilisation at Clipstone Camp; transferred to the Army Reserve and demobilised on 10 March 1919; died at 11 Kennington Road, Radford on 17 July 1919; buried at the General Cemetery, Nottingham.
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