Contributed by: Nigel Robinson, on 2008-11-01
|Year of Birth||1894|
|Year of Death||1979|
|Regiment||Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry|
|Place of Wartime Residence||Woodstock, Oxfordshire|
Born 1894 in Wootton, Woodstock, Oxfordshire. His parents were James and Elizabeth Gubbins. Before he joined the army he was an Agricultural Labourer. He joined the OBLI on 6 November 1915 aged 21 at Oxford. His service number was 20984. On his attestation papers he is described as 133lbs, 5"7' and with a 37" chest. He was transferred on 10 March 1916 to the 38th Battalion Machine Gun Corps into 115 Company and his service number became 27238. He departed for France aboard the M.V Grantham on 10 March 1916, arrived in France on 14 May 1916 then joined the British Expeditionary Force on 15 May 1916. His records show that on 21 January 1917 while in France he was fined 1 days loss of pay for negligence when he lost his ID disc! He was medically discharge due to injuries on 3 February 1919 from a medical unit whilst in France. He survived the war and was awarded both the British Medal and the Victory Medal.
Note; Fred denied his wife and himself any children through his life. I have a voice recording from his wife reflecting on Fred's after war years when he suffered from memories so bad he insisted they should never bring children in to this world who then may have to endure or even bear witness to the suffering and horrors he endured during a war - sad!
Fred was my Great Uncle on my mum's line.