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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian, courtesy of Robert Illett
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
Thomas Gabbitass was born in Worksop in 1893. His parents were Frederick and Caroline Gabbitass. The couple had a large family, starting after 1878 when they were married in Worksop, to 1911. Between these dates they had 14 children, with only 8 surviving beyond childhood, Mary, Fred, Robert, Matilda, Thomas, William, Albert and Wilfred. At leased 4 of them enlisted with various outcomes. For many years the family home was in Greggs Building, Dock Road. By 1911, 4 of the children were remaining at home, the others either married or moved out for work reasons including Thomas.
26 Sep 1917
839440 - CWGC Website
Lance Sergeant
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Serge. Thomas Gabbitas Worksop Guardian 26 October 1917 Another Worksop man to fall on September 26th was Serge. Thomas Gabbitas, Nott’s and Derby’s, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gabbitas, 2, Dock Road. The deceased, who was 24 years of age, enlisted two years ago, prior to which time he was employed at the Home Brewery Stores, Potter Street, as a drayman. He was a smart and capable man and a gallant soldier. He saw service in Ireland and nine months ago he was drafted to France. He gained the confidence of his officers by his coolness and steadfastness, and his promotion was well deserved. His Commanding Officer, in writing to Mr. and Mrs. Gabbitas, pays a high tribute to their son’s worth. The last time he was at home on leave was Christmas, 1916. We hope to reproduce his photograph in our next issue. Deceased’s brother, Pte. Fred Gabbitas, is in the same Battalion, and was wounded in the same engagement. Writing home he says:- “They told me when I was coming down to the hospital from the clearing station, that my brother had got killed and I would not believe it. I trusted to Providence that it was not so; that is why I did not write. Do not grieve; he did not know any pain. He has died a hero’s death. If I go back I will find where he is and see to his grave…Let us remember he has gone to a far happier place, so grieve not, but hope to meet him again some day. Two other sons’ are serving their country, Pte. Robert Gabbitas, who was wounded in France some time ago and is now in England; and Pte. Wilfred Gabbitas, who enlisted when he was 15. His parents obtained his discharge, but the lad was determined to follow his brother’s and again enlisted. He is now 17. Much sympathy is expressed with Mr. and Mrs. Gabbitas in their trouble.
CWG additional information:- Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gabbitass, of 2, Dock Rd., Gregg's Buildings, Worksop, Notts. Remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian, courtesy of Robert Illett
    Thomas Gabbitas - Photo was originally published in the Worksop Guardian, courtesy of Robert Illett