Guy Basil George Gripper MC, 1st Herts

1892 Aug 1. Son of  Lieutenant Colonel B. J. Gripper OBE.

1901 census at 43, Hartham Lane, Hertford

1906 term 3. Attended Haileybury School. Le Bras House

1910 term 2. left Haileybury School

1912 May 8 Arrives in Canada from UK. "Farming"

1914 Mar 21. Arrives in Canada from UK . "Farmer"

1914 Dec 4. Enlisted in Canadian Exp Force

1915 Dec 10. The Hertfordshire Regiment. Private Guy Basil George Gripper, from Canadian Infantry Battalion, to be Second Lieutenant.

1916 Dec 13. Hertfordshire Regt.—The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be acting Lts. — . G. B. G. Gripper

1917 Aug 23. The undermentioned officers relinquish their temp, or actg. rank. 2nd Lt (acting Lt) G B G Gripper

1917 Nov 30 Landed in France

1917 Dec 6. 1st Herts War Diary. Bn moved to EECKE, entraining at YPRES and detraining at GODWAERSVELDE. The following Officers joined the Bn for duty; ....Lieut. G.B.G. Gripper [Guy Basil George GRIPPER, MC].

1918 May The Batn War Diary shows his MC was awarded for an action during this month

1918 Sep 18 MC citation gazetted. Lt. Guy Basil George Gripper, Herts.R. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a retirement he organised a party of men and by his skilful control prevented the enemy bringing machine guns into action. Later he helped to organise another party, and held, up the enemy for about two hours, rendering valuable assistance. Throughout he displayed great personal courage, and his example was of the greatest value to the troops under his command.

1921 Jan 5 Joined ADRIC with service no 1446. Posted to N Coy . Father Col B J Gripper, Hartham House ,Hertfordshire

1921 Feb 15 Dismissed "unsuitable". Trim looting

1921 Feb Re-engaged with service no 1724. Posted to O Coy

1921 Mar 5. Posted to P Coy

1921 Apr 1. Promoted Section Leader

1921 Apr 22. Removed from suspension

1921 May 14. Posted to R Coy

1921 Jun 18. Posted to S Coy

1921 Sep 19 One days "Special Duty Cork"

1921 Nov 26. Posted to Depot Coy

1922 Jan 13 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Mar 25. Joined British Gendarmerie section of Palestine Police as a Constable (also in Haileybury School records)

1922 May 17. Territorial Army Reserve. Lt. G. B. G. Gripper, M.C., from Herts. R., to be Lt.

1929 Electoral Register at Port Hill, Hertford with his mother

1939 -1941 Pioneer Corps

1939 Register. His wife in alone on register, and has used "Gripper" but it is crossed out and Townsend inserted

1940 Apr/Jun Married in Hertford, Marion E M Townsend

1941 Jan 25. PIONEER CORPS.' The undermentioned Lts. to be Lts., retaining their present seniority: — G. B. G. Gripper (46751), from Herts. R.

1941 Digforce - Lt G B G Gripper MC – tos. (taken on strength) no 1 Railway Labour Coy

1941 May 22, - Lt G B G Gripper MC – sos to 158 Coy (struck off strength)

1941 Oct 31 Lt. G B G Gripper on list of officers of Digforce

1941 Dec 31 Lt G B G Gripper on list of Work – railway construction, cable laying, tunneling at Dover Castle and railway maintenance at St Margaret’s Cliff

1942 Feb 22 Son born

1942 Feb 28 Capt G B G Gripper on list of officers Digforce.

1976 Apr 26. Died Hertfordshire age 83