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Born: 1897, Batley
Died: 21 April 1918
Buried: Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbeque
Address: 6 Greenside, Idle
Parents: George Willie & Jane
Occupation: Stockroom operator, Wade’s, Bradford
Organisations/clubs: Greengates Wesleyan FC, Greengates Liberal Club
Rank: Pte
Medals/awards: Croix de Guerre
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Greengates
Regiment: Leeds Pals
Norman Gibson
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On the 3 May 1918, the Shipley Times & Express reported: News has reached Mr and Mrs G Gibson of 6 Greenside, Idle, that their son, Pte Norman Gibson, West Yorks Regt, was killed on 21st April, aged 21. He joined the colours on 31st May 1915 and went to the front the following December. He worked at William Wade’s, Bradford, was secretary of the Greengates Wesleyan FC, being connected with that place of worship, and was also a member of the Greengates Liberal Club. In a letter to his parents the Brigadier General says that Pte Gibson was doing his duty as usual, well and bravely, and that he was a special favourite of his on account of his devotion to his duty
and his cheery, pleasant way at all times. They all mourned a good comrade and brave soldier. Pte Gibson’s chum writes: “I know the position of his grave and when next I get an opportunity of visiting home I will make it my duty to call upon you.” A letter has also been received from the chaplain. This was followed up on 18 October by the announcement of what was presumably a posthumous medal: Pte Norman Gibson, West Yorkshire Regt, awarded the French Croix de Guerre, and who fell in action on 21st April last, was the only son of Mr George W
Gibson of 6 Greenside, Idle. He enlisted in the Leeds Pals Battalion on 31st March 1915, went to Egypt in the following year and to France in the March of 1916. On 16 May 1919, the newspaper carried another report about Norman: After mourning the loss of her only son, Pte Norman Gibson, for nearly twelve months, Mrs Gibson of Greenside, Idle, has been presented at the Bradford Moor Barracks with the Croix de Guerre (gold star), which he won in action. The late Pte Gibson was employed in the pattern department of Wm
Wade & Co’s cloth warehouse, Bradford, and joined the 16th West Yorkshire Regt (1st Bradford Pals) in May 1915. He proceeded with the Battalion that year to Egypt and from there to France in 1916, going through all the engagements on the Western Front in which they fought. A year last February Mrs Gibson heard from a friend of the deceased that he had been awarded the Croix de Guerre for devotion to duty on the French Front and this decoration was gazetted last October. Pte Gibson, who was 21 years old, was killed in action in Belgium, having been struck by a piece of high-explosive shell.
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