Project Description

WALTER GIBSON

RGAWalter took employment at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale); he is listed in their records as a temporary attendant who served in the Armed Forces with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

No further information currently available. There are several men named Walter Gibson who served in the RGA and are listed on the Medal Rolls Index Cards. It has not been possible to establish his identity from this source.

In July 1918 the Asylum became Notts County War Hospital, caring for servicemen suffering from mental or nervous breakdown. The records of the Notts County War Hospital state that Walter returned from war service on 16th June 1919. His wages were £34 per annum with a war increase of £6 per annum. He also received a war bonus of £21.8.0 per annum, with emoluments valued at £33.10.0 per annum.

The War Hospital closed in August 1919 and was re-converted to an asylum for civilian patients.

1919 and 1921 Electoral Roll

County Asylum, Radcliffe on Trent

Other information

Walter Gibson was one of 66 staff dismissed from Notts County Asylum in April 1922 following a strike by nurses, male attendants and kitchen staff. The strike was called by the National Union of Asylum Workers after the hospital committee demanded that the staff accepted an increase in hours from sixty to sixty six per week to be achieved by them forfeiting one day’s leave per fortnight. Staff were told that failure to accept this agreement to work longer hours would result in instant dismissal.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Worked in the parish of Radcliffe on Trent at Notts. County Asylum before and after the war.