Edward served in the Merchant Navy as a Sailor onboard MV Luculus. He died on 3rd December 1942, aged 26. His cause of death is recorded as lost a sea, presumed drowned. The passenger and crew list for Luculus state, lost over side at Liverpool.
Edward was the son of Edward and Jane; he was born in Durham where in 1911 his father was working as a coal miner. The Gibbons family were large, 10 girls and 2 boys, twins Edward and Joe.The family came to Queensbury to work in Black Dyke mill, on the 1939 England and Wales Register sisters Agnes and Norah can be found employed as woollen fly frame tenters.
Edward’s sister Winifred married Albert Sharples who was the night watchman at the mill, her family still live in the village and we thank Anne for her help in identifying Edward.
The 1939 register and Merchant Navy documents record that the Gibbons family lived at 11 Calder bank Queensbury.Lost at sea, Edward has no known grave and he is not known to be commemorated on any memorials other than Queensbury village war memorial.