John McGibbon

Private 15698
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Highland Light Infantry, 17th Battalion
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
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.
Son of Archibald and Margaret Rrownlie (sic) McGibbon.
Archibald McGibbon (c1847-1912) & Margaret Brownlie (c1849- 24th March 1881)
Only child
Not known
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
Victoria Terrace, Cathcart
395 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Father, Archibald, is staying with his brother and sister at Fore Road, Kippen, Stirlingshire
Not known
Glasgow NecropolisCompartment Mnema Lair 82
Kippen War Memorial
Acknowledgements and SourcesMuch 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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