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Samuel Gibson Tomb

In St. Mary's churchyard, the table-tomb by the SW corner of the church hall has the following inscription.

TO THE MEMORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF SAMUEL GIBSON, LATE PRIVATE 27TH INNISKILLINGS. BORN AT TANDERAGEE, CO. ARMAGH, IN 1790. DIED IN CATERHAM ASYLUM DEC 15, 1891.

SAMUEL GIBSON, WHOSE FATHER WAS IN THE MONAGHAN MILITIA, ENLISTED IN THE 27TH INNISKILLINGS IN 1803 AND SERVED THROUGHOUT THE PENINSULAR AND WATERLOO CAMPAIGNS IN THAT DISTINGUISHED REGIMENT.

THIS MONUMENT WAS CREATED BY OFFICERS, NON-COM OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 27TH INNISKILLINGS 1892. AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH HE WAS ONE OF THE LAST KNOWN SURVIVORS OF WATERLOO.

If you do the sums, you'll see he enlisted when only 13 and lived to 101.

In April 2012 we received the following email relating to this tomb.

Samuel Gibson Tomb

I am a former resident of Caterham (Stafford Road) and a former Guardsmen. I was recently researching former Scots Guardsmen buried in St Mary's Graveyard and I came across Samuel Gibson's tomb. A great friend of mine, a former boy soldier with me in the 60s, is the curator of the Inniskillling Fusiliers museum. I sent him some photos of the tombstone and a link to your website: he has replied with the attached articles which may be of some interest to you. Interesting how the Guards Depot turned out for this old soldier.

I must thank all who are involved in the upkeep of the Public cemetery and graveyard as when I visited the grass was cut, the vandalism of a couple of years back seems to have been sorted, the paths were well maintained and the graveyard is a delight with the wild garlic and primroses very reminiscent of my childhood spent playing in the woods between Stafford Road and the pedestrian lane at the bottom of the cemetery: both my grandparents and mother are buried in the cemetery.

Best regards,     Graham Fowler

Included with the email were two articles from a newspaper, "The Sprig of Shillelagh". These told about Samuel Gibson, a veteran of the Waterloo battle (having served in the Inniskillings) who spent the last 20 years of his life in Caterham Asylum: the second was a report of his death at the great age of 101. The articles can be seen here: dated 1-Sept-1891 and 1-Jan-1892.

Many thanks to Graham for contacting us.

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