1) North Somerset Yeomanry 1914 Mons Star Trio to an Officer Killed in Action.
1914 Mons Star Trio, with slide on Clasp and MID Oakleaf.
1914 Star named to –
CAPT E. L. GIBBS N. SOM. YEO.
British War Medal and Victory Medal to:
CAPT. E. L. GIBBS
This extremely rare trio is to Captain Eustace Lyle Gibbs of Tyntesfield, Wraxhall, Bristol, Somerset.
Eustace Lyle Gibbs
Born 1885 Tyntesfield, Somerset
Died 1915 Killed in action in the Great War
Father Antony Gibbs of Tyntesfield (1841 – 1907)
Mother Janet Louisa Merrivale (1850 – 1909)
1907 Death of father Antony Gibbs of Tyntesfield
1909 Death of mother Janet Louisa Merrivale
Biography and Notes
6th son. Baptised 12 April 1885 at Wraxall Somerset. Educated at Eton College, 1898-1903; matric. at Oxford (Magdalen College) 1903. Died unmarried 13 February 1915, being killed in action in the Great War near Ypres and was buried there. Memorial Inscription in the cemetery in Wraxall church (Charlton chapel), and in Barrow Gurney chapel, (Barrow Court chapel). Administration London 28 July 1915.
2nd Lieut. North Somerset Yeomanry 1906, Lieut. Ap. 1909, Capt. 29 Aug. 1914. Entered Antony Gibbs and Sons, London, 1908: in Gibbs & Co. Chile, 1909-13 (a manager from 1911): in Antony Gibbs & Co., New York, as second in charge, 1913 to Aug. 1914, when he left to join his Yeomanry for the Great War. Served in France and Belgium from October 1914 till his death and was mentioned in despatches of 14 January 1915. He was buried in the Civil Cemetery at Ypres (which is now continuous with the subsequently made War Cemetery and close outside the Menin Gate). He is recorded on the War memorials in Wraxall church and churchyard, at Eton College, Wells Cathedral, and in the church at Valparaiso.
Portrait by Sir W. B. Richmond R.A. (1890) and a posthumous one by Albert H. Collings in uniform were both in possession of Lord Wraxall in 1930.
2) Military Medal & Memorial Plaque to 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers
Military Medal and Memorial Plaque still in its waxed board envelope.
Military Medal named to:
7774 SJT. W. TAYLOR 2 / LANC. FUS.
Memorial Plaque named to :
Serjeant William Taylor entered France 22nd August 1914 with the 2nd Battalin Lancashire Fusiliers. He is therefore entitled to a 1914 Mons Star Trio of medals.
His M.M. is Gazetted (London Gazette) 11th November 1916.
He was wounded 3 times and was killed in action 23rd April 1918. Aged 37 years.
He was from Bury in Lancashire, son of Harry William and Margaret Taylor of Tenton Street, Elton, Bury. HE married Florence Walsh at Bury, May 13th 1907. They lived at HAmer’s farm, Tottington.
This lot comes with a copy of an article from the Bury Times 1918. This article reports the death of William Taylor and states that he saw service in the Boer War and also served in the West Indies. He was discharged in 1912 and recalled in 1914. There is also a downlaoded photograph of him.
He worked for Bury Corporation and his name is on the Roll of Honour at Tottington Parish Church.
The medal has a few minor knocks and the Plaque has a drill hole which was fairly common for the day.