McKibben, Joseph (No. 6612)

McKibben, Joseph

Rifleman

No. 6612, 14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 22)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 & 162 to 162A & 163A)

Holywood and District War Memorial

First Holywood Presbyterian Church (as McKibbin)

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt McKibbin.

Joseph McKibben was born on 21 February 1895 in Spencer Street, Holywood and he was a son of William and Isabella (Bella) McKibben (nee Moore) who were married on 8 May 1882 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  William McKibben (aged 47) from Holywood was a son of William McKibben, a farmer.  Isabella Moore (aged 25) from 12 Princess Street, Belfast was a daughter of John Moore, a labourer.

The McKibben family lived in Spencer Street, Holywood.

William McKibben worked as a labourer and gardener and he and Isabella had at least nine children:

John (born 11 July 1883 in Shore Street, Holywood)

Mary (born 14 November 1885 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

William (born 24 May 1888 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Isabella (born 12 December 1890 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

David (born 5 February 1893 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Joseph (born 21 February 1895 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 20 July 1896 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Henry (born 3 February 1899 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Thomas Ward (born 15 November 1904 in Spencer Street, Holywood)

Joseph McKibben enlisted in Belfast, served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and was 22 when he was killed in action on 16 August 1917 during the Battle of Langemarck.  Initially he was reported as missing in action and later it was officially confirmed that he must be presumed to have been killed in action.

Rifleman Joseph McKibben (No. 6612) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium; on Holywood and District War Memorial and in First Holywood Presbyterian Church (as McKibbin).