George Harold Gibson



Mar 26, 1895

Born in Wellington, Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59361 (temporary number 637)

Ø      Next of kin given as Socrates Gibson, father, Wellington, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 30, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #2 for neglect of duty.  It is worthy to note that he was 1 of 9 men given the same sentence for the same offence on the same day.


Jul 3, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace 59692 L/Cpl Murtagh who had been invalided to England


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.  L/Cpl Gibson received shrapnel wounds to his right hand and was admitted to the No. 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  Later that day he was transferred to the No. 11 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Sep 16, 1916

Transported via the No. 18 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne to recover from his wounds


Sep 30, 1916

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot and joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Oct 6, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Fieffes, France, north of Amiens


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 13, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 24, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 26, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Dec 27, 1916

Transferred to the No 6 CCS


Jan 1, 1917

Transferred via the No. 37 AT and admitted to the No. 39 General Hospital, Havre


Mar 1, 1917

Discharged to the CBD and forfeited 50¢ per day and loss of his Field Allowance for the 59 days in hospital as punishment for contracting VDS


Mar 12, 1917

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Apr 16, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join the 21st Battalion


May 9, 1917

While “C” Company was under command of the 20th Battalion in the front line trench east of Vimy Ridge, they came under heavy bombardment from the German artillery. 

Lance Corporal Gibson was killed during that action.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and as such, he is commemorated on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed in France with no known grave.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, S. Gibson, Wellington, Ontario 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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