Gibson, Samuel (No. 14/6881)

Gibson, Samuel

Rifleman

No. 14/6881, No. 1 Company, 16th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on 25 July 1917 (aged 25)

Buried:

Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Belgium (Grave I. B. 9)  

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ballygowan Presbyterian Church

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel Gibson was born on 15 March 1892 in Ballygowan and he was the youngest son of Joseph and Agnes Gibson (nee Skillen) who were married on 5 January 1872 in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.  Joseph Gibson from Magherascouse was a son of Patrick Gibson, a farmer.  Agnes Skillen from Magherascouse was a daughter of Hugh Skillen, a road contractor.

Joseph Gibson was a shoemaker and the postmaster in Ballygowan and when he died of a carbuncle on 2 February 1908 (aged 64) Agnes continued as postmistress.  Joseph and Agnes had seven children all of whom were baptised in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church:

William Joseph Scott (born 1 June 1873 in Ballygowan)

Margaret (born 27 August 1876 in Ballygowan)

Jane (born 6 December 1877 in Ballygowan)

Robert (born 21 May 1882 in Ballygowan)

Agnes (born 10 September 1886 in Ballygowan)

John (born 4 February 1889 in Ballygowan)

Samuel (born 15 March 1892 in Ballygowan)

Samuel Gibson enlisted in Belfast and he served with the 14th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  Later he was transferred to the 16th Battalion.  He went to France on 5 October 1915 and served in 109th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Rifleman Samuel Gibson (No. 14/6881) was 25 when he was killed in action on 25 July 1917 and he was buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension, Belgium.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

UNTIL THE DAY BREAKS

AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY

His mother placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle.  Rifleman Samuel Gibson (No. 14/6881) is commemorated in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church.