Gibson, Robert Trevor (No. 1036711)

Gibson, Robert Trevor (Trevor)

Sergeant (Flight Engineer)

No. 1036711, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Friday 12 November 1943 (aged 21)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section B Grave 68)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor Grammar School

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Trevor Gibson was born on 28 October 1922 and he was the only son of Edward Stanley Gibson and Elizabeth Jane (Isa) Gibson (nee Beasant) of 44 Ballyholme Esplanade, Bangor.  They were married on 27 March 1922 in Knockbreda Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.

Robert Trevor Gibson attended Bangor Grammar School from 1932 until 1938 and, after his mother died on 19 August 1936 (aged 35), his father moved to Huntly in Aberdeenshire.

During the Second World War Robert Trevor Gibson served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was 21 when he died in an aircraft accident on 12 November 1943 whilst in training at RAF Halfpenny Green (previously RAF Bobbington and now Wolverhampton Airport – then in Worcestershire, now in Staffordshire).

Sergeant Robert Trevor Gibson’s funeral at 11.00 am on Wednesday 17 November was from 171 University Street, Belfast (the home of his aunt, Mrs O’Neill) to Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension).  Former classmates from Bangor Grammar School and members of Bangor Swimming Club attended the funeral and six RAF Sergeants acted as pall bearers.  A bugler sounded the Last Post.  The service was conducted by the Revd H.H. McClure from Second Islandmagee Presbyterian Church, Co. Antrim and the Revd J. Martin of Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Mourners included his father Stanley, his uncle George Gibson and his cousin Leo Gibson.

In his tribute to Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Robert Trevor Gibson (No. 1036711) the Headmaster of Bangor Grammar School, Maurice Wilkins MA, said that he would be remembered for his drawing skills and his excellence in map making.  He excelled at rugby and athletics and won the Brent Harris Challenge Cup for the high jump in 1935.  He was an enthusiastic member of the school’s Dramatic Society.

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Robert Trevor Gibson (No. 1036711) is commemorated in Bangor Grammar School and on his CWGC headstone in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension).  He was buried in the same grave as his mother and his maternal grandparents – Hugh Charles Beasant who died on 11 February 1923 (aged 70) and Mary Beasant who died on 20 December 1938 (aged 74).