Old Coathamians of World War One

Arthur Edwin GIBSON

No. 39132 Private, 26th (Service) Battalion (3rd Tyneside Irish),
Northumberland Fusiliers.

Born 4 January 1896,
Died 24 November 1917, aged 21 years.

Buried in St. Martin Calvaire British Cemetery,
St. Martin-sur-Cojeul, Pas de Calais, France, Grave I.D.25.

His is one of 231 graves in this cemetery. The Northumberland Fusiliers lost over 50,000 men in the First World War.

Arthur Edwin Gibson was the son of George Shipley Gibson and Mary Snaith Gibson of 17, Arthur Street, Redcar. His father was an agent for the Prudential Assurance Company. Arthur had two older brothers, Hugh Victor and Joseph H. He first attended the Wesleyan School, Redcar, a local elementary school, and was then admitted to Coatham Grammar School on 22 September 1908, aged 12, joining Form III as a fee-paying day boy and leaving after six terms in July 1910, aged 14. He went into employment as an apprentice hosier, working as a shop assistant to a hatter and hosier. His parents were living at 26, Croft Terrace, Jarrow at the time of his death in 1917.