In 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Cumnock History Group began researching the names on the War Memorial plus other men and women with Cumnock connections mentioned on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or in the Cumnock Chronicle of the time. The research is not limited to those who died but also to men and women who served, using family history information.

The group would like to appeal to individuals with knowledge of family members for photographs of the soldier, either in uniform or not, and photos of medals or other memorabilia eg letters sent home from the Front. If you would be prepared to share these on this site, please email the web manager cumnockhistory [at] The group is willing to share any copies of documents found with the soldier's descendants.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Harry Gibb

Harry or Henry Gibb was born in Cumnock on 19 January 1873. He served with the ASH from 1914-5 when he was invalided out. . He had previously enlisted at the age of 21 in 1894 when his occupation was a druggist. He bought himself out in June 1899. He married Annabel Munro on 4th August 1899.

When war broke out he re-enlisted immediately on 20th August 1914. He was at the upper age limit of 41. He was now a postman. His address was 28 Glaisnock St.

 He was 5ft 8 had grey eyes and light brown hair. He served at home for 329 days before he was discharged as no longer fit to serve.

He died in Holmhead Hospital, Cumnock on 26 March  1958. He was 85 and a retired postman.  His usual address was Kilwining Rd. Irvine. The informant was a nephew A W MacMillan.

Just 2 weeks ago we had a message on our Facebook Cumnock Family History Group from a chap Tom Inglis in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire. He had found Harry's Cumnock Parish Medal
Tom wanted to return it to a family member.

We already had Harry on our big Cumnock  connections tree of 35,000 names. Although he was married he had no children. We traced his siblings’ descendants and found that the grandson of Harry’s sister Janet was still living in the area. One of our members knew him and a quick phone call confirmed he was Harry Gibb’s great nephew.

Tom Inglis has posted the medal from Saltcoats and we were delighted to return Harry's medal to  William Neal  99 years on at the Welcome Home Tea Dance on the 10th November 2018 in Cumnock Town Hall as part of our Cumnock Armistice Events.

Bobby Grierson, Kay McMeekin, William Neal

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