Rank:


Corporal

Service No(s):


39647

Regiment:


Royal Field Artillery

Unit:

A/106 Brigade

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Islington

Occupation:

Assistant clerk in pharmacy

Date of death:

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

George Tibbles

Name of siblings:

Winifred Mary; Edith Frances

Name(s) of children:

Joyce Clarisse

Died:

No

Date of birth:

02/07/1897

Place of enlistment:

Harringay

Event:

France

Age at death:

Cemetery or memorial:

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Albina Lavinia (née Mills)

Name of spouse:

Hilda Victoria (née Wallace)

Address:

113 Evershot Road

Biography:

William George Tibbles was born in Islington on 2 July 1897. He was the youngest child of George Tibbles – a ‘milk-carrier’ or dairyman – and Albina Lavinia Tibbles (neé Mills), and he had two older sisters, Winifred Mary and Edith Frances. 

The 1901 Census placed the family at 23 Corbyn Street, to the rear of New Court Congregational Chapel, and by 1911 they had moved to 113 Evershot Road (a property that is no longer standing) in the street adjacent to the church. Winifred and Edith were later listed as members of New Court.

William was a chemistry student and working as an assistant clerk at a pharmacy in Kilburn when he enlisted in 1914, giving his age as 19 although he was actually two years younger. He served in the Royal Field Artillery, starting as a signaller and gunner before being promoted to bombardier and then corporal, and spending 11 months in England and just over three years in France. 

He was a member of a Trench Mortar Unit. These short-range, medium-heavy batteries played an important part in gaining ascendancy in both defence and attack in the First World War, and were often deployed in dangerous positions on the front line in order to draw enemy fire. William was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire in battle on land. 

In June 1918 he was posted to the 2nd Army Trench Mortar School in Leulinghem, France, where he was granted six shillings per day instructor’s pay. He suffered an injury to his foot from the dropping of a trench mortar bed, for which he was treated in Wisques, France, and then Homerton, London.

In 1922, William married Hilda Victoria Wallace at New Court. He had been living near the junction of Seven Sisters Road and Hornsey Road and she in nearby Wray Crescent, and they made their home together on what is now the High Road, Wood Green.

On his marriage certificate, William’s occupation is given as a commercial clerk. His granddaughter Angela recalls that he worked as a salesman for WD & HO Wills, a tobacco manufacturing company. 

Angela’s mother – William and Hilda’s daughter Joyce Clarisse – was born in the district of Edmonton in 1927. William died in St Albans on 25 June 1969, aged 71, and Hilda died 13 years later, aged 85.

William Tibbles
William Tibbles
William Tibbles is fondly remembered by his granddaughter Angela as her 'funny grandpa'. Photograph: Angela Brooks
William Tibbles