GIBSON, Robert Mitchell
(Service number ANF1754)
|First Rank||Able Seaman||Last Rank||Blacksmith|
|Date||2 December 1894||Place of Birth||Pleasant Point|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin|
|Served with||Australian Forces||Served in||Navy|
|Body on Embarkation||Royal Navy|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Australian Naval Force, HMS Torch|
|Date||26 August 1916|
|Other Units Served With||HMS Euryalus; HMS Pyramus; HMS Doris; HMS Philomel|
|Last Unit Served With||Royal Australian Navy|
|Service Medals||1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||22 March 1972||Age||77 years|
|Place of Death|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Omaka Cemetery, Blenheim|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Robert Mitchell Gibson was born on 2 December 1894 at Pleasant Point, the son of Irish immigrants, Campbell and Catherine (née Crawford) Gibson. He was educated at Pleasant Point School. On leaving school he signed up with the Australian Naval Force, serving from 30 November 1912 on HMS Pyramus. Robert’s mother died in 1911 at Pleasant Point. His father remarried in 1912 and again in 1925 after being widowed for a second time.
Robert married Lillie Geraldine Washington in 1936. His brother Samuel Gibson was killed in action in 1917 in France. Another brother Andrew Alexander Gibson, who also served in World War One, drowned in the Clarence River in 1926. His oldest brother William Crawford Gibson, was called up but did not serve.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [09 September 2020]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [October 2013]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [09 September 2020]; NZ Electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [11 September 2020]; Sun, 18 September 1916, New Zealand Times, 18 September 1916, Press, 17 October 1916, New Zealand Herald, 28 January 1924 (Papers Past) [09 September 2020]
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