Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Reginald Cuthbert Gibbs

In memory of:

Flying Officer Reginald Cuthbert Gibbs

September 21, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/24002

Age:

32

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

196 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Clement Spencer Gibbs and Charlotte Cecilia Gibbs; husband of Violet Gibbs, of Burks Falls, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 315 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

26. B. 2.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– The Soldiers' Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower's base. In total, almost 1,200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers' Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch West– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers' Tower in 1949. The name of "F/O R.C. GIBBS R.C.A.F." is among the names inscribed.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Edited by H. E. Brown, published by the Soldiers' Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 23 reads: "F/O Reginald Cuthbert GIBBS RCAF, 196 Sqn RAF. Former student Trinity College, 1931-34. Shot down after air operations at Arnhem and was taken prisoner of war. Later reported as died while a P.O.W., 21 September 1944. Buried in the Airborne Cemetery at Arnhem, Holland."
  • Memorial Stele– This stone stele is located in the chapel at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. "AS DYING AND BEHOLD WE LIVE. TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THIS COLLEGE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE TWO GREAT WARS." The name of "R.C. GIBBS" is among those inscribed.
  • Memorial Scroll– This framed illuminated scroll, written in calligraphy, is entitled "Men and Women of Trinity College on Active Service. Met'Agona Stephanos". It hangs in the hallway outside the narthex of the chapel at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Small symbols beside the names indicate men and women who are fallen, decorated, and prisoner of war. The list of names includes:  '35 Gibbs, R.C. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Reginald Cuthbert Gibbs is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Reginald Cuthbert Gibbs is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Reginald Gibbs– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Grave marker– F/O Gibbs' gravestone at Arnhem (Oosterveek) War Cemetery, Netherlands

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