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Francis Malloch Gibson

In memory of:

Lieutenant Francis Malloch Gibson

August 19, 1915

Military Service


Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn.

Additional Information


Son of Maj. Gen. Sir John M. Gibson, K.C.M.G., and Lady Gibson, of Ravenscliffe, Hamilton, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 16 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IX. C. 2.

Location:

Armentieres is a town in the Department of the Nord, on the Belgian frontier, 14.5 kilometres north-west of Lille. From the town of Armentieres take the D945 to Estaires. CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY is signposted off this road just before Erquinghem-sur-la-Lys.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Letter of Condolence– Official copy of a letter of sympathy written to Mr. Gibson, father of Lt Francis Malloch Gibson, on 13 Mar 1916.
Scanned from the archives of the regimental museum of the 48th Highlanders of Canada and submitted by BGen G Young (ret) of the 15th Battalion CEF Memorial Project.
Dileas Gu Brath
  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of FRANCIS MALLOCH GIBSON– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram April 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram 1915. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram May 1919. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Osgoode Hall War Memorial
  • Group Photo– Officers of the 48th Highlanders from "The Red Watch - With the First Canadian Division in Flanders" written by Colonel J.A. Currie, M.P.  Published in Toronto in 1916 and dedicated to the memory of the Canadian soldiers who fell in Flanders.  Lt. Gibson is described on several occasions in this book covering the experiences of the 48th Highlanders (15th Battalion) from 1914-15.  In this group portrait he is standing furthest right on the top row.
  • The Red Watch– Lt. Francis (Frank) Gibson's heroism during the 2nd battle of Ypres in April 1915 is described by Col. J. A. Currie in his 1916 account of the 48th Highlanders in Belgium (15th Battalion CEF).   "The Red Watch - With the First Canadian Division in Flanders" was published in Toronto and dedicated to the memory of the Canadian soldiers who fell in Flanders.   Currie describes the experiences of the 48th from training in Canada to further training at Salisbury Plain in England and their participation in the 2nd battle of Ypres in mid 1915.
  • The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote VC, CD Armoury– The Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote VC, CD Armoury, 200 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Plaque– Officers of the 13th Royal Regiment Memorial Plaque.  On display at the Lieutenant-Colonel John Weir Foote VC, CD Armoury, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Cemetery– Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson is remembered on the Gibson family memorial at Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario.  In this photo the family memorial is the tall granite obelisk on the right.  The other memorial which is flat to the ground and includes a Celtic cross, was also placed in memory of Lt. Gibson.  This memorial was erected by Officers of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
  • Grave marker– Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson is remembered on the Gibson family memorial at Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario.  This is a detail of the inscription.
  • Grave marker– This is a special memorial erected by the Officers of the 48th Highlanders of Canada in memory of Lt. Francis Malloch Gibson.  It is located next to the Gibson family memorial at Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Photo of Francis Malloch Gibson– 1914 Stone Frigate Yearbook, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Entrance to Cemetery
  • Cemetery
  • Grave Marker
  • Memorial– Pro Deo Et Patria Erected by the Royal Military College Club of Canada Anno Domini 1923. Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.

908 Lieut Francis Malloch Gibson (RMC 1912) was the son of Maj. Gen. Sir John M. Gibson, K.C.M.G., and Lady Gibson, of Ravenscliffe, Hamilton, Ontario. He served with the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment), 15th Bn. He died on Aug 19, 1915. He was buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery in Nord, France.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– On their 50th anniversary the class of August 1915 at the Royal Military College of Canada have placed this memorial stained glass window to honour their fallen classmates.

908 Lieut Francis Malloch Gibson (RMC 1912) was the son of Maj. Gen. Sir John M. Gibson, K.C.M.G., and Lady Gibson, of Ravenscliffe, Hamilton, Ontario. He served with the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment), 15th Bn. He was killed in action on Aug 19, 1915. He was buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery in Nord, France.
  • Badge– Cap Badge 15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada).  Submitted by Capt V Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
  • Document– Registry Card from Osgoode Law School which Lt Gibson attended prior to the war.
  • Memorial Arch– Memorial Arch, Royal Military College of Canada
  • Memorial Stair– Memorial stair, Royal Military College, Kingston
  • Shoulder Patch– Shoulder Patch 15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada).        Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Newspaper Clipping– Death of Lt F. Gibson.  From the Hendrie collection courtesy  City of Hamilton, ON archives.  Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team
  • Letter– Lt FM Gibson was serving as the Battalion signalling officer when he was killed in action near Hill 63 in the Ypres salient. The Commanding Officer of the 15th Battalion, LCol WR Marshall wrote these three letters between 23 Aug and 25 Sept 1915 to Lt Gibson's parents, Sir John and Lady Gibson. Following the war, these letters, as well as others written to his parents and Lt Gibson's own letters written home were transcribed into a collection.
Images submitted by the BGen G Young of the 15th Battalion CEF Memorial Project.
Dileas Gu Brath - Faithful Forever
  • Biography– Submitted for the project Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Francis Malloch Gibson– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the members of the 15th, 92nd and 134th Battalions (48th Highlanders) who went to war and did not return. Remembered by the 48th Highlanders Museum 73 Simcoe St. Toronto, Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.

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