James W. Giblett.

James enlisted in the HCB in 1914, at enlistment he gave his address as Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire.  He was allocated the HCB number of 62 and posted into the 1/1st Battalion.  He later was recorded as serving in the machine gun section of D Company.

He later served in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (T.F) with the No. 685072 [then 268507] and then in the Northamptonshire Regiment with the No. 523129 [or 522129]

One local newspaper indicated that he was gassed in 1918.  He later lived at 16, Ackerman gardens, Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire.

His entry in the National roll of the Great War Vol 12 (Bedford & Northampton) Bedford section reads:

GIBLETT - J. W. =  Pte, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Mobilised at the outbreak of war, he served with the HCB for a time, and was not sent to France until July 1916. He then went into action on the Somme, and also fought at Bullecourt and Arras, but in February 1917 was invalided home with fever. Returning to the Western Front, he fought at Passchendaele Ridge and Cambrai, but was gassed in April 1918, and invalided home again. He was then engaged in agricultural work at Cambridge until July 1919, when he was discharged, holding the General Service and Victory medals. Eaton Socon, Beds.

Many thanks to Nigel Lutt for providing some of the information on this page.

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09/04/2012

Martyn Smith