Monday 5 April 2010

Private Thomas Ian Gibson

Born on 9 October 1895 in Plattsville, Ontario - son of G.F. Gibson, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student, single, no current military service, previously served in the Vancouver High School cadets (two years), Presbyterian, height of 6 feet 4 inches, chest of 41.5 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, greyish green eyes, medium hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 5 March 1915 (number 411040) - transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - promoted to Corporal in September 1915 - wounded in Sanctuary Wood, Belgium, on 3 June 1916 - invalided to England in June 1916 - commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1917 - rejoined the PPCLI in May or on 20 September 1917 - wounded at Passchendaele, Belgium, on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England in November 1917 - invalided to Canada in July 1918 - discharged from the CEF in August 1918.

Graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1919.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.52

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