John McGibbon

RankPrivate 15698
Medals1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
RegimentHighland Light Infantry, 17th Battalion
Military Service

Part of 97th Brigade, 32nd Division which arrived in France in November 1915. The battalion took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme sustaining heavy casualties.  They went into action again on the morning of 18th November during the Battle of the Ancre and again suffered heavy casualties while making an unsuccessful attack on Munich Trench during the attack on Beaumont-Hamel.


March 1881, Glasgow

Death3rd December 1916
Circumstances of Death

Died of wounds
McGibbon was wounded during the attack on the 18th November but was retrieved from the battlefield and sent to one of the major base hospitals at Etaples where he died just over a fortnight later. It is a puzzle why, if he survived that long, he was not evacuated to England.

BurialEtaples Military Cemetery, XX. D. 12

His headstone bears the phrase ’Loving and Loved’ which was chosen and paid for by Miss Elizabeth McGibbon of Keyparcloch, Kippen, Stirlingshire. It seems likely that this is his aunt Elizabeth who kept house for her widowed brother for many years.

CWGC Information

Son of Archibald and Margaret Rrownlie (sic) McGibbon.


Archibald McGibbon (c1847-1912) & Margaret Brownlie (c1849- 24th March 1881)

Father's Occupation



Only child




Not known



1881 Census

38 Norfolk Street, Gorbals, Glasgow
Baby John McGibbon, who is probably less than a month old, is being cared for by his maternal grandparents, John and Jane Brownlie, while his newly widowed father is living with his own mother at 361 Crown Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow

1891 Census

Victoria Terrace, Cathcart

1901 Census

395 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

1911 Census

Father, Archibald, is staying with his brother and sister at Fore Road, Kippen, Stirlingshire

Home Address

Not known

Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Mnema Lair 82
Other Memorials

Kippen War Memorial

Acknowledgements and Sources

Much of the information on which this profile is based is drawn from various internet sources which are listed below.  The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis also wish to make full acknowledgement and thanks for the permitted use of any information or images generously supplied specifically for exhibition, publication or display in connection with The Roll of Honour and accompanying profiles to Ancestry, and Find my past.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family Search

Scotlands People

The Long, Long Trail

The Scottish War Memorials Project



Compiled by Morag Fyfe, Historical and Genealogical Researcher for The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis.

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