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28157   Private James Gibson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 26/07/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 18/05/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Summary      
James Gibson was born in the parish of Derryloran, Cookstown about 1897. On enlistment he named his brother Henry as next of kin, which would indicate that both parents were dead by then. Henry lived at 13 Alaska Street, Belfast. James enlisted in Hamilton while he was living and working in Scotland. Private James Gibson was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. James when he was killed in action on Friday 18th May 1917.
Further Information
James Gibson was born in the parish of Derryloran, Cookstown about 1897.
On enlistment he named his brother Henry as next of kin, which would indicate that both parents were dead by then. Henry lived at 13 Alaska Street, Belfast.
James enlisted in Hamilton while he was living and working in Scotland.
Private James Gibson was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. James when he was killed in action on Friday 18th May 1917.
In his will, Private Gibson left all to his brother.
Last Will and Testament of Private James Gibson:
In the event of my death, I give the whole of my property and effects to my brother: Henry Alfred Gibson, 13 Alaska Street, Belfast, Ireland. 28157 Private James Gibson, Royal Inniskillings.
Private James Gibson has no known grave and is commemorated on Arras Memorial.
Private Gibson was one of three men who were killed in action on this day, whose bodies couldn’t be recovered. None of them has a known grave and are commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 6. The others were John Veysey, an Englishman from Berkshire who had transferred to the Royal Inniskillings, and John McCullough from Ardstraw, County Tyrone.
The CWGC record Private James Gibson as the brother of Henry Gibson of 13 Alaska Street, Belfast.
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1 Dungannon War Dead Also listed on Dungannon War Dead
2 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Private James Gibson
3 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2020