Guy Basil George Gripper MC

Aug 1, 1892

Born in Hartford, England to Basil Jasper and Georgina Agnes (nee Tarral) Gripper


Mar 21, 1914

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool



Mar 29, 1914

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Drumheller, Alberta


Dec 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59397 (temporary number 1150)

Ø  Next of kin given as Col. B.J. Gripper OBE, father, Hartford, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as Practical Certificate “A” Officer Training Corps

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 12, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military hospital with a diagnosis that reads Pericarditis, an inflammation of the area around the heart


Jul 9, 1915

Transferred to the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate


Jul 10, 1915

Transferred to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital


Jul 17, 1915

Transferred to the Depot Company while in hospital


Aug 31, 1915

Transferred to the Wakely House Convalescent Home in Charing


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France while Private Gripper remained in hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 26, 1915

Discharged to duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion with light duties


Dec 9, 1915

Discharged from the CEF on being approved for a commission in the British Army


Dec 10, 1915

Appointed to Commission with rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Hertfordshire Regiment


Dec 13, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lieutenant


Aug 23, 1917

Reverted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant


Nov 30, 1917

Posted to the 1st Battalion Hertford Regiment and proceeded to France


Dec 6, 1917

After leaving base depot, Lt Gripper joined the 1st Battalion Hertford Regiment in Eeke, France

I could not find a date for his discharge from the Hertford Regiment or the Army


Lieutenant Gripper was Gazetted as earning the Military Cross



Jan 5, 1921

Joined the ADRIC (Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary), service number 1446 and posted to “N” Company


Feb 15, 1921

Dismissed from the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary as “Unsuitable”.


Feb 28, 1921

Reinstated into the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary with service number 1724 and posted to “O” Company


Mar 5, 1921

Posted to “P” Company


Apr 1, 1921

Promoted to Section Leader


May 14, 1921

Posted to “R” Company


Jun 18, 1921

Posted to “S” Company


Sep 19, 1921

One day “Special Duty Cork”


Nov 26, 1921

Posted to the Depot Company


Jan 13, 1922

Discharged from the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary on demobilization of the unit


Mar 25, 1922

Joined the British Gendarmerie section of the Palestine Police as a Constable


May 17, 1922

Joined the Territorial Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant


Aug 30, 1939

Posted to the Pioneer Corps, number 46751


Apr 30, 1940

Married to Marion E.M. Townsend in Hertford

This date is approximate as I could only find the quarterly list of marriages


May 22, 1941

Posted to 158th Company from the No. 1 Railway Labour Company


Dec 31, 1941

Employed with laying cable and tunnelling at Dover Castle and railway maintenance at St. Margaret’s Cliff


Aug 25, 1945

Appointed to the rank of Honorary Captain in the Pioneer Corps

I could find no date for his discharge from military service


Jun 27, 1976

Guy Basil George Gripper died at Woodside Cottage, New Road, Bengeo, Hertford, England


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