Yorkshire Chess History



William Arthur Lummis Gibson











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1867, Ardwick, Manchester


1936, Manchester


Non-Chess Life


William Arthur Lummis Gibson was born and raised in Manchester, but spent about ten years in Dewsbury.  “Lummis” was his mother’s maiden name.


His parents were William Joseph Gibson(born 1843, Salford)  and Louisa Rebecca Gibson (née Lummis, Great Yarmouth 1845) who had married in 1866 at Chorlton and gone on to have at least the following children, all born in some part of /Manchester:


William Arthur Lummis Gibson

born 1867, Ardwick

Charles Robert Gibson

born 1870, Chorlton

Annie Louisa Gibson

born 1873, Chorlton

Frank Herbert Gibson

born 1875, Chorlton

Harry Edward Gibson

born 1880, Moss Side


By 1881, the whole family was living at Bedford Street in Manchester’s Moss Side.


In 1887, Charles Robert Gibson died in the Chorlton district (probably Moss Side).


In 1891 the family, now missing Charles, lived at Hulton Street, still in Moss Side.  Two of the children’s cousins on their mother’s side were living with the Gibsons: Mary E E Lummis and Emily K Lummis.  23-year-old William was a bookkeeper.


In 1894, in the Chorlton district, William married Alice Jones (born 1867/68, Brooks Bar, Manchester).  The couple had at least the following two children:


Charles William Arnold Gibson

born 1896, Brooks Bar, Manchester

Arthur Lummis Gibson

born, 1899, Witton, Northwich, Cheshire


Whether the place of birth of the second child indicates the family had moved home is unclear.


The 1901 census found the family of four had definitely moved home, to Wakefield Road, Dewsbury.  William was now a manager in a clothing company.


At some time from 1901 to 1916 the family moved back to Lancashire.


In 1916, wife Alice died in Prestwich, Manchester, aged 48.


In 1917, the family home was at 11 Recreation Street, Prestwich, Manchester.  This is where news was received that Private Charles William Arnold Gibson of the Royal Marines, R.M. Medical Unit, R.N. Division, had died on 30/10/1917, and been buried at St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, West-Flanders, Belgium.


In 1919, William re-married, to one of his cousins, Annie Louisa Lummis (born 1869, Chorlton).




Though a native of Lancashire, he spent about ten years in Dewsbury before returning to his native Lancashire, during which time he represented Dewsbury in the Woodhouse Cup, at least during the span 1903 to 1908, and will have been active as a player in Dewsbury over a somewhat longer period.




William Arthur Lummis Gibson died in 1936, in Manchester.  Second wife Annie seems to have died on the Wirral in 1950, aged 81.






Copyright © 2018 Stephen John Mann

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