Obituary: Major James Anthony Hibbert MBE MC – Trebah Gardens

Major James Anthony Hibbert MBE MC (Tony) passed away peacefully at home with his family on Sunday 12th October 2014 aged 96.

Born in 1917, Tony left school at 16 to become an apprentice in the family Wine and Spirits merchants. As part of his training, he was based in Germany during the early 1930’s where he became alarmed by the militarisation he saw around him. Abandoning his apprenticeship, much to the anger of his father, Tony returned to England in 1935 and applied to the Royal Military Academy (RMA). In January 1938, he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery and six days after the start of World War Two (9th September) Tony landed at Cherbourg with the British Expeditionary Force.

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Major Tony Hibbert, MBE MC (1917-2014)



It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you all that Major Tony Hibbert, who founded the club in 1960, has died at the age of 96. He passed away at his home in Cornwall on Sunday 12th October 2014.

He was an energetic and charismatic man, who made a lasting impression on all who met him,” said his daughter Gill Pipkin.
During the Second World War, he launched an astonishing escape from the Nazi’s, hidden by brave Dutch civilians.

And it was his actions later on during the war, leading an 800-strong team of Commandos in capturing the key German port of Kiel that prevented it from falling into Russian hands.

He persuaded a large German garrison to surrender along with military personnel in Denmark and Schleswig Holstein.

It led to him becoming the first Englishman to receive freedom of the German city – The Great Seal of Kiel, granted in 2010 for his bravery and diplomacy.

Source: West Briton