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Suicide of William Arthur Gibbs

William Arthur Gibbs (1865–1877) was a schoolboy at Christ's Hospital school in Sussex, England, who committed suicide by hanging on 4 May 1877 at age 12 out of fear of repeated punishments, including flogging, for having run away from the school to his family home.[1] This caused an outcry and the government subsequently held an official inquiry.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Papers, Volume 26", Great Britain Parliament. House of Commons, H.M. Stationery Office, 1877, pages 1-2.
  2. ^ Lionel Rose (2002), The Erosion of Childhood: Childhood in Britain 1860-1918, Routledge, ISBN 9780203221402
  3. ^ George A. T. Allan, Jack Eric Morpurgo (1984), Christ's Hospital, Town & County, p. 70, ISBN 9780863640056, The immediate cause was the suicide, on 4th May 1877 of a 12 years old Blue. William Gibbs. The outcry that followed forced the Home Secretary to set up a Commission of Inquiry ...

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