Sad news reached the Island this week about the death of Second Lieutenant Laurence Hibbs while serving with the Jersey Contingent in France. He is the first member of the Contingent to die since its arrival at the front three months ago.
Hibbs, a former Victoria College pupil who previously served in Militia’s 3rd (South) Battalion, was a popular member of the unit. It seems that the 21-year-old fell ill a short while ago and was taken to a military hospital at the village of Lapugnoy where the Contingent is presently training. There his condition worsened, despite the efforts of specialists who diagnosed possible blood poisoning. On 21 March, the young man sadly passed away.
The death came as a great shock to the rest of the Contingent, who until now had avoided losing any members killed while serving in the trenches. The affection with which they held Lieutenant Hibbs was obvious from his funeral which the whole Contingent attended. The Contingent’s commanding officer, Major Stocker, has written to the Lieutenant’s father, James Hibbs, to say that his son has been laid to rest in a military cemetery overlooking Lapugnoy.
Associated Record: L/F/08/F/27 Photograph of officers of the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Jersey Militia mobilised for active service taken by Hamilton Toovey. Second Lieutenant L B Hibbs is seated second from the right in the front row.