Born 1894 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire,  1921 Census 1893 is incorrect.

1901 Census

Age 6, living Shuttlewood, Bolsover with father Frederick, miner, mother Eliza,  brothers John 15, miner, Frederick 13, miner, Vivien 11, Eliza 4.

1911 Census

Employed as a colliery hauler underground. Living Newgate Street, Mansfield with his father Frederick, born 1866,  a miner at Newthorpe colliery, mother Elizabeth, nee Kirk, born 1865 and sister Susan. His parents had 11 children, seven of them had died.

Walter Gibson was employed at Notts. County Asylum (Saxondale) before WW1; 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 shillings (£21.40p) per annum, with emoluments valued at £33 10 shillings (£33.50p) per annum.He was employed as a hall porter.

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

1921 Census

Address: Notts County Asylum

Employment: Hall porter

Household: living in hospital

Other information

Walter Gibson was dismissed from Notts County Mental Hospital in April 1922, following involvement in a strike by nursing staff.

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.