Gibson, William (No. 17700)

Gibson, William

Rifleman

No. 17700, ‘A’ Company, 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday, 1 July 1916 (aged 39)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s)

Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 677

BIOGRAPHY

William Gibson was born on 28 June 1877 in Bangor and he was a son of William and Margaret Gibson (nee Cree) who were married on 13 April 1867 in Bangor Abbey Church of Ireland Church.  William Gibson Senior worked as a labourer and he and Margaret had at least six children:

Jane (born 26 November 1867)

Samuel (born 22 January 1869 in Bangor)

Hugh (born 23 March 1871 in Bangor)

Sarah Ann Campbell (born 26 April 1873 in Bangor)

William (born 28 June 1877 in Bangor)

James (born 10 July 1880)

William Gibson Junior worked as a painter and, after the death of their mother, he and his sister Sarah Ann lived at 52 Castle Street, Bangor with their widowed father.

William Gibson enlisted in Bangor and served with the 13th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 108th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division.  He was 39 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and at the time of his death his sister Sarah Ann was living at 14 Ava Street, Bangor.

Rifleman William Gibson (No. 17700) has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in France; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 68); on the Memorial Plaque in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) and in Loyal Orange Lodge (LOL) No. 677.