Saturday, 17 March 2012

Sergeant Thomas Vernon Gibson

Born on 15 March 1893 in Baldwin, Michigan (to Canadian parents) - brother of Mrs. Lillian Margaret Dale, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as steamfitter, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 9 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, brown eyes.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 26 April 1915 (number 410279) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 30 September or 1 October 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 11 October 1918 - wounded on 1 November 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 9 December 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Died on 14 April 1964 - buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

(Updated with an image of Sgt. Gibson's headstone in Beechwood Cemetery).

(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)

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