SerjeantGIBSON, MICHAEL

Service Number 4445289

Died 18/10/1940

Aged 34

9 Bomb Disposal Coy.
Royal Engineers

G C

Inscription

WE COULD NOT SAY A LAST FAREWELL YOU HAD GONE BEFORE WE KNEW LOVING WIFE AND TWO SONS

Citation

The following details are given in the London Gazette of 22nd January, 1941

"The King has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Cross, for most conspicuous gallantry in carring out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to Sjt. M. Gibson, R.E. (since deceased)."

Sjt. Gibson supervised the excavation of a large unexploded bomb which fell upon an factory on 14 September 1940. Whilst working on this another nearby bomb exploded. Gibson continued to work on his bomb and eventually it was uncovered. It was then that an unusual hissing noise was heard to be coming from the bomb. Gibson sent his men away and defused the bomb alone. His actions saved a dangerous situation.

Buried at COVENTRY (LONDON ROAD) CEMETERY

Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Number of casualties: 218

Cemetery/memorial reference: Square 348. Coll. grave 46.


Cemetery details

CWGC Archives

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DISCLAIMER:
This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.