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Hugo William Gevers .     Dutch Army


P/O. Richard Geytenbeck .     Royal Air Force 227 Squadron

I met the son of an Australian pilot in 227 Sqn with the surname Geytenbeck or Geytenbeek and am trying to find information for him. The man I am searching for only served in the last period of the war (approximately Sep 1944 to July 1945) and flew out of Strubby for 5 operations. I believe his last operation was to Berchtesgarten. He did not die in the war and therefore his name does not appear on 'Honour Rolls'. I have also searched Autralian War Memorial site to no avail. Does anyone have any information?

Richard Chmielewski

Hdvr. Gaje Ghale VC..     British Indian Army 2nd Btn. 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles   from Nepal)

Gaje Ghale was 20 years old, a Havildar in the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles when he was awarded the VC.

"During the period 24th to 27th May 1943 in the Chin Hills, Burma, Havildar Gaje Ghale was in charge of a platoon of young soldiers engaged in attacking a strong Japanese position. Wounded in the arm, chest and leg he nevertheless continued to lead assault after assault, encouraging his men by shouting the Gurkha's battle-cry. Spurred on by the irresistible will of their leader, the platoon stormed and captured the position which the Havildar then held and consolidated under heavy fire, refusing to go to the Regimental Aid post until ordered to do so."

S. Flynn

Sergeant Thomas " " Gibbings .     'B' Squadron   from 110 Thames Crescent, London)

Thomas Gibbings was my Grandfather, he served in the 46th Recce Regt and the R.A.C and as far as I know was at the Salerno Landings and eventually in North Africa. I would dearly love to hear from anyone with any knowledge.

David Hill

Sgt Homfray R Gibbon. .    

Trooper Stanley Gibbons .     Army 59 RECCE

My mother married Stanley Gibbons on 23rd January 1943 in Leeds. Stanley gives his rank as Trooper 59 R.E.C.C.E. 4543978. I am compiling a family history and wondered if anyone could give me any information about where Stanley may have served during WW2. Thank you.

Lynn Rhodes-Shaw

Pte. William Thomas "Spider" Gibbons .     Australian Imperial Force 2/1 Batallion   from Gulgong NSW)

William Thomas Gibbons, my Uncle, was captured at Retimo in Crete on or about the 30th May 1941. He was interred at Moosburg Stalag VIIA and remained there as POW 92173 until 14th April 1943 when he was moved to Stalag VIIIB in Poland near the small town of Lamsdorf. He remained at Lamsdorf after it was split up and renamed to Stalag 344 in December 1943, through until April 1945. He was also one of those who survived the Great March when many POWs were marched westward from Polish camps to flee the advancing Soviet armies.

Uncle Bill was repatriated to Australia in June 1945 and returned to his home town of Gulgong NSW where he remained for the rest of his life.

Peter GIbbons

Pte. Albert Edward Gibbs .     Australian Army


A/Sgt Mjr. Donald "Budgie" Gibbs .     British Army Royal Signals   from Newbold on Avon)

My Dad served in Malaya during WW2, at some point my Mum joined him there. Dad mentioned the Ghurkas and often told stories, wrote poems about the Char Whallas but I would like more information about what the Royal Signals were doing towards the end of the war please.

I have loads of photographs of the people he served with, most of them are unnamed. Exasperatingly my parents decided to take the pictures out of the captioned album and the transfer to a new album never happened! I would be happy to share these with people whose relatives may have served same time and place etc.

Daphne Gibbs

Rfm. Frank Gibbs .     Army 9th Btn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

Rifleman Frank Gibbs .     British Army 9th Battalion Cameronians   from Great Yarmouth)

(d.11th Apr 1945)

My Dad, Frank Gibbs was a rifleman in the 9th battalion of the Cameronians. He landed in Normandy in June 1944 and made it all the way across Europe to Germany. On April 11th 1945 he was shot by a sniper and killed in Celle. The war finished in May 45 and I was born in June 45. My Mum never got over his death or the war and never married again. I was named Frank after him and was their only child.

He is buried in Hanover War cemetery and last year my son and I visited his grave. We both found it a very moving experience. Even though I never knew him I felt so proud of the fact that he had laid down his life for his country. I would love to hear from anybody who knew him.

Frank Gibbs

S/Sgt. Henry Perry Gibbs .     British Army

My great uncle Henry Gibbs was a prisoner at Stalag 7a, his capture postcard is dated 12/10/1944.

Dave Gibbs

F.O. R. A. Gibbs. .     Royal Air Force 10 Sqd. (d. 3rd Feb 1945 )

Gibson .     RAF 102 sqd.

Wing Cdr. Guy Penrose Gibson VC, DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar.     Royal Air Force pilot 83, 106, 617, 627 Sqd. (d.19th Sep 1944)

Hugh Gibson .     Royal Air Force 100 Squadron

My Dad, Hugh Gibson, was an RAF Flight Engineer with 100 and 355 Squadrons between 1944 and 1946.

Linda Storey

Sgt. J. L. Gibson .     Royal Canadian Air Force 97 Squadron

John Edward "Gibbo" Gibson .     Royal Air Force 104 Squadron   from Dewsbury)

Ted Gibson joined the RAF in 1943 and went to Winnipeg for training. After a short time at West Freugh and Westcott was transferred to Tortorella in Italy with 37 Sq. In Dec 1944 went to Foggia Main 104 Sq., in both cases as a Bomb aimer in Wellingtons. He left the RAF briefly after the war but rejoined as a navigator and retired as a Flt Lt in 1975.

Don Gibson

Laurence Gibson .     British Army Royal Artillery

Laurence Gibson served Dunkirk. He had to swim to the hospital ships. I believe he was also stationed in Iceland and India. He must have been demobbed at Darlington. His Pal was Arthur Witerburn

Maurice Gibson

Pte. Marion Jasper Gibson .     USAAF 19th Bomber Group 7th Mat. Squad


Stoker Robert "Hoot" Gibson .     Royal Navy HMS Penelope   from Newcastle)

(d.May/June 1942)

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 Squadron

Lorenzo 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.


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

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