George Murray Gibb



May 26, 1894

Born in Toronto, Ontario to James and Sarah Eleanor (nee Bouskill) Gibb 

His father, James Gibb died March 27, 1898 of Typhoid Fever.  His mother Sarah was remarried to Charles Watson in Toronto on January 2, 1899


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion in Toronto 

Ø      Number 171088

Ø      Next of kin given as Sarah Watson, 55 Norman Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Sep 24, 1915

Transferred to the Service Company


Sep 25, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec as part of the 1st Draft of the 83rd Battalion


Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to West Sandling.  On arrival in West Sandling, the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jan 7, 1916

Forfeits 4 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Ridgewood, Belgium


Feb 24, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a Gonorrheal Chancre.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Feb 25, 1916

Transferred via the No. 2 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne, then transferred the same day to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital in Havre for treatment


Mar 12, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the No. 1 Camp Details in Havre and his pay was withheld in the amount of 50¢ per day for the 15 days he was in hospital


Apr 6, 1916

Readmitted to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined) but this was later changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Apr 23, 1916

Discharged to the No. 12 Rest Camp in Harfleur and forfeited 50¢ per day for the 17 days he was in hospital


Apr 24, 1916

Transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Apr 29, 1916

Left the CBD and rejoined the 21st Battalion in the B Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Jul 3, 1916

While on a work party he received minor shrapnel wounds to his back that were treated by the battalion’s Medical Officer and he remained with the battalion


Sep 15, 1916

As part of the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking a German stronghold in a sugar refinery near Courcelette.  This was the first time the Canadians had used tanks as part of their attack.  Private Gibb was first reported to be missing, but later was determined to have been killed in action.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and as such, is honoured on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial for those killed in France with no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. S. Watson, 55 Norman Ave., Toronto, Ontario


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