Gibbs, David Michael Hamilton

He was the only son of the distinguished composer Dr. (Cecil) Armstrong Gibbs, Mus.D. (Coll. 1902-08), and Mrs. Honor Mary Gibbs (née Mitchell, sister of J.H. Mitchell I 1902), of Danbury, Essex, and came to Kingsgate House from The Wick, Hove, in January 1932.   His strongest subject was History, and he made his way well up the School, becoming a School Prefect at the end of his time.

After leaving Winchester he entered the family firm of D. & W. Gibbs (toothpaste and soap manufacturers), and when war broke out he was in their employment in Paris.

Returning to this country, he joined the Essex Regiment, with which he served as part of Tenth Army for some time in the Middle East, particularly Iraq. It was during operations in Italy with the Eighth Army, by now with the rank of Captain, that he was killed by a chance shell on the Sangro River in November 1943, aged twenty-four.

He is buried in the Sangro River War Cemetery,  grave V.B.39.

After his son’s death, Gibbs’ father (who was living at Windermere, their large house having been requisitioned as a hospital), composed his third symphony, “The Westmoreland”, described by one critic as “a highly personal musical rapprochement of personal grief and epic landscape”.



War: World War 2

  • Surname: Gibbs
  • Forenames or initials: David Michael Hamilton
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1932-1937
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Essex Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 23rd February 1919
  • Date of Death: 18th November 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Sangro River War Cemetery: Grave V.B.39