GIBSON, Mackenzie
(Service number 18/9)

First Rank Chaplain Class III (Major) Last Rank


Date 7 May 1859 Place of Birth Bristol, Avon, England

Enlistment Information

Date 01/03/1915; 23 July 1915 Age 55 years
Address at Enlistment Sumner, New Zealand
Occupation Clergyman
Previous Military Experience Major Chaplain 8th South Canterbury Mounteds - serving
Marital Status Married. Three children
Next of Kin Noel GIBSON (son), Mount St John's Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 7 inches. Weight 10 stone. Chest measurement 35½-37½ inches. Complexion dark. Eyes brown. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/9 with spectacles. Hearing & colour vision both good. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. Teeth good. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. Slight defect(s) but not sufficient to cause rejection. No distinctive marks or marks indicating congenital peculiarities or previous disease. "Above named appointed to VI Reinforcements as Chaplain."

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Chaplains Department
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements
Date (1) 14 August 1915; (2) 15 November 1916
Transport (1) Willochra or Tofua; (2) Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Campaigns Egyptian; Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 7 November 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 7 November 1940 Age 81 years
Place of Death Kishmet, Esher, Surrey, England
Notices Times, 9 November 1940
Memorial or Cemetery Esher, Surrey
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Mackenzie GIBSON married Alice Mary Coutts Gibson on 7 August 1884 at St Paul's, Dunedin. Children born to Mackenzie and Alice were Noel Mackenzie Phillips Gibson on 24 December 1885 at Dunedin, Mary Mowat Gibson on 6 June 1888, and Mackenzie Gibson on 13 May 1889 at Akaroa. He was a clergyman in NZ. He died in England. He was the father of McKenzie GIBSON who was killed in action in 1917. This remark was inserted into medical record - "Above named appointed to VI Reinforcements as Chaplain."


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0044427) [18 June 2017], NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5937 0359407) [18 June 2017]; Timaru Herald, 18 February 1915, Press, 12 February 1934, 10 September 1937, Nrew Zealand Herald, 5 January 1935 (Papers Past) [24 June 2016; 12 July 2016]

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