A very good find Berenice; only one way to find these graves, I applaud your dedication in this chilly weather.
A number of second and third contingent IY men were from militia and volunteer units who opted for the IY when they realised their own units were not going out, Bibby was in the militia artillery. The gunners were naturals for manning machine guns and pom-poms as they had some training in ordnance heavier than the rifle.
Reading his service papers Bibby was discharged medically unfit with paralysis in the right arm and a large scar across his right collar bone. He must have broken his collar bone/shoulder/arm badly perhaps in a fall from a horse. This accident is not noted in the casualty rolls. Very unfortunate that it led to a premature death.
I found a notice of his death but nothing regarding his injuries or DCM, Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser 14-04-1902:
He was obviously a man of some charm, not only was he widowed twice but had married a third time a few weeks before his death.
BereniceUK wrote: His grave is in Layton Cemetery, Blackpool, and he's named on Blackpool's ABW Roll of Honour.
Is there any chance of getting the photo's without the "photo bucket" over print in the centre please? I have a keen interest in Sergeant J.T. Bibby D.C.M.as he served in 15th Battalion. I've had an interest in Bibby and the machine gun section for a while now but only just found your blog - most interesting thanks
SERGT. JAMES THOMAS BIBBY, D.C.M.
WHO DIED APRIL 12TH
AGED 34 YEARS.
AND WAS INTERRED WITH MILITARY HONOURS.
HE VOLUNTEERED FROM THE 5TH
LANCASHIRE VOLUNTEER ARTILLERY.
HIS DEATH WAS ACCELERATED BY INJURIES
RECEIVED IN SOUTH AFRICA, WHILST SERVING
WITH THE COLT GUN SECTION, IN THE 15TH
COMPANY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY.
THE DAY OF SUFFERING PAST;
NOW PEACE AND REST AT LAST;
HIS DUTY BRAVELY DONE,
HIS FINAL BATTLE WON.
Other names on the gravestone are Betsy Hannah, beloved wife of James Thomas Bibby, of Blackpool, who died 31st December 1889, aged 19 years; also Margaret Ann, his beloved wife, who died November 5th 1895, aged 21 years, also of Margaret, their daughter, who died December 7th 1895, aged 4 months. So he was pre-deceased by two wives.
"In 1897 the Lt the Hon L.W Rothschild presented a maxim gun to the Regiment, and the Royal Bucks Hussars were the first Yeomanry to possess a regimental machine gun. A detachment of the Aylesbury Troop were trained at the Maxim works at Erith"
They got a second by the time they went to South Africa but needed a trained crew to man it and so I'm guessing the Bucks found a 'talent pool' in the Lancaster artillery and managed to encourage (poach) them to come across en mass? There were several very wealthy officers and sponsors in the Bucks Hussars and they knew how to 'make things happen' ... if you follow my meaning?
Critchley, John 10820, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Bibby, James Thomas 10821, Sgt. 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y. DCM
Bell, John 10822, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Carlisle, Charles Robert 10823, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Clark, John William 10824, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Cottam, William 10825, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Gilder, Charles William 10827, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Goth, George Johnson 10828, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Hothersall, Edward 10829, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Jones, Harry 10831, Corporal 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Linthwaite, William George 10832, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Nicholson, John Alfred 10833, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.
Nixon, George 10834, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y. (awarded MM in WW1)
Porter, William Coward 10835, Private 57th Coy., 15th Bn. I.Y.