Thursday 14 March 2013

Private Harold Alexander Frater Gibson

Born on 26 May 1894 in New Westminster, British Columbia - son of George Frater and Rosamonde Watt Gibson, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student, single, no current military service, previously served with the Vancouver High School cadets (two years), Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 11 inches, chest of 40 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, green eyes, medium hair.

Attended Lord Roberts Public School and King Edward High School, Vancouver, British Columbia - attended McGill University College, British Columbia, from 1911 to 1915 - graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1916 [sic?].

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 5 March 1915 (number 411041) - transferred to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - wounded at Ypres, Belgium, on 7 or 13 May 1916 - invalided to England - commissioned as a Lieutenant and transferred to the 58th Battalion, CEF, on 21 September 1916 - killed in action on 8 October 1916 - "last seen leading his men into action at Regina Trench on October 8, 1916. He was later reported missing and presumed dead. On November 25, 1916, he was definitely reported killed in action." - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Gibson's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.53)

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