Harold Arthur William Gibbons

Harold India Portrait

Title: Harold India Portrait
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Information provided by Pat Clack (daughter of Harold Gibbons)

Wedding of Harold Gibbons (seated second from left) and Florence Emma Young, 24 May 1915

Title: Wedding of Harold Gibbons (seated second from left) and Florence Emma Young, 24 May 1915
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Harold Gibbons was born in Bath, Somerset, on 9 March 1886.  The family soon moved to a house called Grosvenor, situated in Maybury Hill, Maybury, Woking.  At the outbreak of the First World War, Harold had been working as a printer compositor in the local area,  but left his job when he was posted with the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment.  Only two weeks after his wedding to Florence Emma Young, he was shipped off to serve in Delhi, India, in 1915 and Poona (Pune) in 1918. He documented his time there by taking a wonderful selection of photographs of Indian landscapes and his fellow soldiers. Harold’s posting to Delhi came at a highly inconvenient time in his personal life, as he and his wife, Florence, had been married only two weeks earlier. Whilst in India, Harold suffered from frequent bouts of malaria, for which he was treated with quinine.

His brothers Reginald, Albert, Ernest and Frederick all served with the British Army, and all survived.

Harold also survived the war, and soon returned to life in Surrey, moving from Woking to Send with his wife.  The couple had one child on 6 February 1925, a daughter named Patricia.  He died on 16 November 1948, aged 62.

 

Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment in India 1915

Title: Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment in India 1915
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