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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 actual 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?"

Hugh Noltie used the Hunting Stewart tartan: which was apparently used by his mother's family, Stephen. But so far there is no actual known connection with the Stewart family. It is possible that it was used simply because they were Jacobites.

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

  1. The Gibbon family since Barbara Yeats (married Gibbon in 1769) is descended from Skene, Laird of Skene.
    In particular, they descend from Katharine Skene (died 1686-90), descendant of Alexander Skene, 9th Laird of Skene (died 1507).

    • Skene tartan:

  2. The Gibbon family since Elizabeth Montgomery (married Gibbon in 1814) is descended from Hunter, Laird of Hunterston.
    In particular, they descend from Kitty Hunter (died 1795), descendant of Robert Hunter, 20th Laird of Hunterston (died 1679).

    • Hunter of Hunterston tartan:

  3. The Gibbon family since Mary Kerr (married Gibbon in 1861) is descended from Clan Kerr.
    Mary Kerr (died 1900) is a direct male-line descendant of the main line of Clan Kerr.

    • Kerr tartan:

And the Gibbon family also provably descends from the Royal House of Stewart. So the Stewart tartan could be used after all.

  1. The Gibbon family since Barbara Yeats descends from Robert III, Stewart King of Scotland (died 1406).

  2. The Gibbon family since Elizabeth Montgomery descends from James II, Stewart King of Scotland (died 1460).

    • Royal Stewart tartan:

Tartan icon from free graphics at Web Design Studio. From here. See Terms of Use.

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