John Maurice Gibson (1895–1916)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 1497 & 200105 5th & 7th Battalions

Maurice, whose parents were parents were William and Elizabeth Gibson. was born at Crich but lived most of his life at Derby. He worked as a moulder at Simpson & Knightons, Derby. Enlisting as a territorial at Derby aged seventeen in February 1912, two years before the war started he was embodied for service in August 1914. During 1915 he was injured twice with gunshot wounds.In March 1916 he was attached to the machine gun section; the following July he was initially reported as wounded and missing, only to be subsequently recorded killed in action. His burial was reported by the O.C. Graves Registration Units in May 1917. He was killed in action at Gommecourt, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Gommecourt Wood Cemetery, France.

Army Service Record
John Maurice Gibson attested at Derby 1 Feb 1912. He was aged 17 years 8 months, height 5ft 4in, born at Crich, a moulder with Simpson & Knightons, Parliament Square, Derby, living at 64 Bayer Street.
His siblings were: brother William Gibson 30, of 64 Boyer St Derby; brother Joseph Gibson 32, of 61 Bridge St Belper; sister Mary Victoria Gibson 22, 5 Railway Terrace Derby. No parents were recorded.
1/2/12 Posted to training
1913 Annual training
5/8/14 Embodied Service
26/2/15 Southampton, Havre
1/3/15 In France
19/6/15 In the Field gun shot wound
26/6/15 In the Field gun shot wound
2/3/16 In the Field attached to Bde M.G. Section
1/7/16 Wounded in action; wounded and missing
1/7/16 Killed in action. Burial reported by O.C. Graves Registration Units 14/5/17
Receipt for Victory and British War medals dated 11/1/22 was signed by M Hollingsworth.
Receipt for 1914-15 Star Medal was signed by W. Gibson.

Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.
Entered France 1/3/15.
Died 1/7/16

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Name GIBSON John Maurice
Initials J M
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 7th Bn
Date of Death 01/07/16
Service number 200105
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference II H. 19

War graves record for John Maurice Gibson

Soldiers' Effects Book
John Maurice Gibbon;1/5th Bn Notts & Derby; Private 1497 ; killed 1.7.16 on or since; War Gratuity £8 10s 0d; paid out to:
13.11.17 grandmother Maria Hollingsworth £16 6s 11d
16.10.19 grandmother Maria Hollingsworth £8 10s 0d


1901: Derby

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Gibson Head 37 Pattern maker, wood Derby
Elizabeth Gibson wife 38   Wingfield
Joseph Gibson son 15 Iron moulder Derby
William Gibson son 13 Errand boy Heage
Annie Gibson daughter 10   Heage
John M Gibson son 5   Crich
Mary V Gibson daughter 3   Derby

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1911: Derby

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Maria Hollingsworth Head (wdw) 68 Laundress Heage
Alice Hollingsworth g.daughter 29 Dressmaker South Wingfield
William Gibson g.son 23 Wheelwright Heage
John Maurice Gibson g.son 15 Iron moulder Crich

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