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13602   Private Thomas John Gibson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 27/06/1894
Died: 16/08/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 23
Thomas John Gibson was the son of Wilson and Sarah Gibson. Thomas was born about 1894 in Coagh. By 1911, his mother had died and the family had moved to Derry, between Newmills and Coalisland. Thomas Gibson went to Finner Camp to enlist in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. His father had died by August 1916 when Private Thomas Gibson was reported as seeing three Germans working a machine-gun. He attacked them single-handed and killed them all with his clubbed rifle, thereby saving many lives. Private Thomas John Gibson was lost during the Battle of Langemarck 16th August 1917, and has no known grave. He was 23 years old. Private Gibson is also commemorated on Coagh War Memorial, Newmills War Memorial and Dungannon War Memorial (as TG Gibson).
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial
  Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, 
Grave Ref: Panel 70-72
CWGC Casualty 839861
The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, which is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The names of those from United Kingdom units are inscribed on Panels arranged by Regiment under their respective Ranks. The names of those from New Zealand units are inscribed on panels within the New Zealand Memorial Apse located at the centre of the Memorial.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 1 Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 218
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1 1901 Census lists Gibson family Lists Thomas John as age 7 living with the family at house 41 in Drummullan, Springhill, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Gibson family Lists Thomas John as age 18 living with the family at house 32 in Derry, Tullyniskane, Tyrone
3 Dungannon War Dead Also listed on Dungannon War Dead
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here (No 13650)
5 The Irish on the Somme by Michael MacDonagh Mentions Private Thomas Gibson of Coalisland
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023