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My wife's ancestors - Gibbon - Contents

Gerard Gibbon

(Left) Gerard Gibbon. Photo signed "To John, With love from Daddy." Dated 15 Oct 1943. See other scan.
(Right) Anne Stanger, age 20 (1931).

Gerard Gibbon [descendant of Edward III],
born 16th Aug 1901, 88 Elliscombe Rd, Charlton, London,
educ Berkhamsted School (boys-only), nr Watford, NOT Dover College,
initially worked Lloyds Bank like his father,
mar 1stly to ----, no issue,
very short marriage, divorced,
sailor, wireless operator at sea in 1930s (before WW2), in merchant shipping,

mar 2ndly, 17th July 1937 (NOT 27th) at Guildhall, London [and afterwards at St.Ethelburga's church, Bishopsgate]
to Anne Stanger [born 20th Mar 1911],
honeymoon included Tintagel, Cornwall,
they lived 23 Courtlands Drive, NW Watford (see map and map) from 1937 until 1979,
he was in communications in RAF in WW2 1941-5, overseas 1942-5, in North Africa, he was a Corporal, Airman no. 1470859,
he received medals for service:

bombs hit Watford many times, including a couple near the Courtlands Drive area,
during the V1 and V2 attacks of 1944-5, a V2 rocket hit houses SW of Courtlands Drive, blew out the windows of Courtlands Drive,

after the war he was a certified accountant, worked in solicitors firm,
involved with Rushden Community Centre, Herts.,
died 3rd Dec 1979, hospital, Watford, age 78 yrs [GRO.UK],
cremated West Herts Crematorium, no grave.

Anne left Courtlands Drive 1979,
lived in flat, 2 Woodville Court, Hempstead Rd, NW Watford, Herts WD1 3LD,
died morning of Sun 29th Feb 2004, age 92 yrs,
cremated West Herts Crematorium, Wed 17th Mar 2004, no grave,
had issue:

  1. John Gibbon, mar Janet Noltie and had issue:

    1. Elizabeth Gibbon,
      mar Mark Humphrys and had issue.

    2. David Gibbon, mar Marina Trunilova and had issue:
      1. Jennifer Gibbon.
      2. Emma Gibbon.

Gerard Gibbon and Anne Stanger, Somerset, Spring 1937 (before mar).
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Wedding of Gerard Gibbon and Anne Stanger, July 1937.
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See other scan.
See another wedding photo.

St.Ethelburga's church, Bishopsgate. See terms of use.

Gerard, 1942.
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Gerard, Anne, John, Mar 1942.
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Gerard in the North African desert in WW2, 1942.
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Anne, 1944.
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Gerard, summer 1979 (just before he died).
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See other scan.

23 Courtlands Drive, Watford

23 Courtlands Drive, c.1955.
Scan 1999. Original photo has been destroyed.

23 Courtlands Drive, 2003. See full size.

FAQ - What tartan should be used?

Well of course, tartans are only a bit of fun. Not only do most people use tartans of families they have no proven descent from, but most tartans themselves are in fact recent inventions. So while the real answer to: "What tartan should be used?" is: "Whatever you like", there is in fact a provable question here which could be interesting, which is: "Does the family actually descend from any clan?"

There is a tartan used on the Noltie side:

On the other hand, the Gibbon family is provably descended from many Scottish clans:

And the Gibbon family also descends from the Royal House of Stewart.
So the Royal Stewart tartan could be used. (In fact, this is regarded as a tartan that anyone can use.)

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