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Stoker Robert "Hoot" Gibson . Royal Navy HMS Penelope from Newcastle)
My father's brother, Robert, followed my grandfather into the Royal Navy in 1939 much against my grandfathers will as he was sure war was about to break out. Robert had served his apprenticeship on Tyneside as a Turner but was determined to join up. He consequently joined the ship's company of HMS Penelope as a stoker.
Very sadly Robert was mortally wounded in 1942 of Malta and although brought home never recovered and died in Newcastle aged just 21. If anyone remembers Robert whose nickname was "Hoot" after the cowboy hoot Gibson! Please drop a line or email. My father would love to hear from you I'm very sure.Ian Gibson
F/O Stanwell John Gibson . Royal Canadian Air Force pilot 419 Sqd. (d.29th Jan 1944)
Stuart Paul Gibson . 24 Operation Training Unit
W/O T. H. Gibson . 97 Squadron
Flight Lieutenant W G Gibson . RAF VR 59 SquadronLorenzo del Mann
Sgt. W. Gibson . Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Sqd.
Cpl. William "Gibby" Gibson . British Army 7th Btn. Cameronians from Glasgow)
I never met my granda, William Gibson, he died before I was born, I was the next generation to go in to the forces after him, the Royal Marines,and my family didn't really talk about this great man. I'm just trying to go back to see what kind of man grandad was, thanks if anyone can help me on this matter.John Gibson
P/O B. W. Giddings . Royal Australian Air Force 97 Squadron
L/Cpl. Philip Giddings .
Held in Stalag 4d.Naomi
S/Sgt. William Charles Giddings . British Army Royal Signals from London)
All I know is my father William Giddings joined the Royal Sussex Regiment and transferred to the Royal Signals and served in Burma and India.Kevin Giddings
Sgt A. Gielty . 408 Sqd. from 17th April 1943)
W/O. George E Giff. . RCAF. 1659 HCU
Gifford . Royal Navy HMS Nigeria
Gifford . Royal Navy HMS Nelson
Mil.Sld. Henri Gihaux . Dutch ArmyRay
Sergeant Alexander George Gilbert . Army 663 Artisan Works Company Royal Engineers
My grandfather was a Lancastria survivor, his name was Sergeant Alexander George Gilbert, 663 Artisan Works Company, Royal Engineers. Does anyone have any information about him?Gary Lomas
Dvr. Frederick John Gilbert . British Army Royal Army Service Corps from Plymouth)
I do not know very much about my Uncle Fred Gilbert except that he was a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was captured during the Battle of Crete and spent much of the rest of the war at Stalag VIIIA in or near the town of Gorlitz. He never spoke about his time there very much except that he worked for quite some time in a quarry near the town.Pete Gilbert
George Alfred Gilbert . Army Royal Army Service corp
My grandad, George Alfred Gilbert RASC, was mentioned in despatches during World War II and I would be very interested to know how I can find out what he was mentioned for.Karen Moore
Sgt. James Walter Gilbert . Royal Air Force 156 Sgd from Market Harborough)
(d.24th Feb 1944)
My father, Sgt James Walter Gilbe, was rear gunner in Lancaster JB479. Serial GT-K piloted by Sgd/Ldr Eric Porter. On the evening of 24 Feb.1944 they'd left their base at R.A.F. Warboys. They were the lead Pathfinders on the raid at Schweinfurt. They marked the target but were shot down, believed by a night fighter. There were no survivors. Their collective grave was found in 1952 and they were re-buried at the Durnbach War Cementery.
My father's birthday was the day before he died and he had just found out that he was going to be a dad (that was me). If anyone had any information of if there are any relatives or friends of the crew please let me know.Peter Gilbert
W L Gilbert . Navy HMS Nigeria
I have a photo of H.M.S. Nigeria with lots of signatures on the back. It says Torpedo Division 1945 and is dated 19th September 1945.
The names are:
R G Stocker Geordie Burns Ronald J Harris G Kent P Rayment W Wheatley D Chapman H J Fisher D P Sweeney A Whithead H Lockear Blimp Palmer G. Kent J Arnold ~(Sussex) A Chapman James Robertson(Jock) R E Fisher D Mercer R E Riley W L Gilbert F J Fulcher (Wind Bo'sun 1st class) D Hughes TGM G L Bowers E Ticehurst F C Welch G W DownesJo Russell
Sgt D H Gilbert. . RAF 77 sqd.
Pte. Fred Gilbey . British Army Army Air Corps
My father, Private Fred Gilbey, Army Air Corps, was help as a POW at Stalag 8b (Certificate of Service shows) between July 43 and May 45. I know little else other than from our conversions I believe he was taken POW whilst serving in Sicily. I would appreciate any confirmation or details around this and experiences from anyone who knew my father.Dean Gilbey
Steward George Gilbody . Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar (d.2nd Dec 1940)
Wing Commander Gilchrist . RAF 59 SquadronLorenzo del Mann
Geoffrey Giles . Royal Navy HMS Argus from Leeds)
I am proud of my dad, Geoff Giles, a Yorkshireman who passed away in Bridlington in 2001. He served during WW2 on HMS Argus and loved the sea. He told me his ukelele and friends carried him through the war. He volunteered for the Navy to avoid flying (volunteers could pick their area of service) and told me about when the Argus was hit by a torpedo and survived. He used to swing on his own on a bar under the deck at the front of the carrier. He met my mother Elizabeth at docks on the Clyde during repairs between convoys, they married in 1949. In loving memory.David Giles
Mil.Sld. Cornelus Jonannes Gilin . Dutch Armyray
Doreen "Bobby" Gill . Women's Land Army from Acocks Green)
In 1940 I joined the W.L.A. only because I was too young for the armed forces. After threshing, hoeing and muck spreading I became a trifle disenchanted with the Land Army until I saw a note of the hostel board asking for volunteers for 'Cub-Excavating'. I immediately volunteered thinking it was to help rescue baby fox cubs. Imagine my astonishment when I found I was to drive an 8.1/2 ton excavator - and what's more I had to start it with a starting handle!! The object of the operation was to reclaim land for agriculture. Together with two other land girls and living in a gipsy style caravan we cleared and straightened many rivers thus allowing them to flow smoothly and for the land to drain again for cultivation. We worked with either 20 Italian or German P.O.W.'s who were accompanied with a 'ganger' and a very old guard, who both seemed to spend their time sleeping! It was hard work, but we worked hard and we played hard and we wouldn't have swapped the job for anything. One of the advantages was that we always seemed to be working near an Air Force camp and so were invited to their dances etc. I met my late husband at one of them - so it had its compensations!Doreen Green
Sgt. Harry Gill . British 24th Coy Royal Army Service Corps from Stone in Oxney, Kent)
I recently found this website and thought i should put finger to key in memory of my father Harry Gill T/45024 who served with the R.A.S.C.
He enlisted at Canterbury on 31.12.1930.These details come from his paybook, which I found recently. His first posting was in 1932, to Shanghai with the 12th coy. where he spent two years.Before being transferred to Eygpt where he serve with the 31st coy .Spending three years here. On returning home in March 1937 he was placed on the reserve list.
He was mobilized on 16th August 1939, and sent to France with the 24th coy attached to 2nd div BEF. He kept a diary of the events leading up to the Dunkirk evacuation. But it was lost or stolen along with his kitbag on a boat home. I wish now I had talked to him more about these historic times he lived through. But I remember his disapointment at the Belgium goverment for letting the Germans through. Also the desperate scenes of drunken soldiers milling about. And the destruction of supply dumps to stop them falling into the hands of the Germans, although he filled another kitbag with cigarettes at one of these before it was blown. Which made him quite popular on arrival back at camp in England. He also told me he drove all the way into Dunkirk, refusing to disable his truck on the outskirts as ordered. Perhaps it was an ambulance with wounded aboard (he always was a bit of a rebel). Then climbing a rope to board a ship in the harbour. Which upon arriving at a British port was turned away again as it was a French ship, and the French were still fighting. So he had to return to Dunkirk and find another ship home. His paybook states that was on 1st June 1940, a day when 68,000 troops were rescued.
In May 1942 he was posted to East Africa with 22 LTC. And later with 31st I.B. coy. Where he helped push the Italians out of Abysinia and Somalia. Coming home to be demobbed at Guildford on 19.10.45.
I doubt there are many of his old comrades still about now. His best friend was a Scotsman named Nick, who I was named after, but whose address he lost long ago.Nicholas Gill
Ldg.Stoker J. Arthur Gill . Royal Navy HMS Nelson from Sutton, St Helens, Lancs)
Arthur Gill was my uncle and I have come into possession of his service record from his joining in September 1933 and training on HMS Champion, through his service on HMS Resolution, Challenger and Hebe. He served on Nelson from around 1940 until he was discharged on 1 September 1945 in Portsmouth, so it looks like he wasn't on board during the surrender of Japan on 2 September but could have seen plenty of action during the time he was on board. What heroes all these men were. Sometime after the war he returned to Sutton with his wife, Gladys, who was from Somerset. They had no children and he died round about 1982. If anyone has any recollections I would be interested.Anne McCormack
Ken Gill . Royal Air Force nav. 9 Sqd.Eddie Sullivan
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