James Douglas Gibson China France

Biography of James Douglas Gibson

Necropolis memorial to Lt James Douglas Gibson
Necropolis memorial to Lt James Douglas Gibson

James Douglas Gibson matriculated at the University in 1907.

He was born 1889 in Swatow (Shàntóu), China, son of Glasgow graduate and missionary John Campbell Gibson and his wife Agnes Gillespie Barclay Gibson. Gibson resided at an address in Bearsden, during his three years of Engineering study at the University, leaving without graduating at the end of session 1909-1910. Gibson was also a member of the Officers Training Corps (OTC).

During WWI, Gibson served in the Royal Engineers, 401st (Highland) Field Coy, which, in 1915, saw action in the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, and Festubert. In 1916, the 401st were in action in the Battles of the Somme, including the attacks on High Wood and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917, they again saw action in the Arras Offensive, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Menin Road Ridge and the Cambrai Operations.

Gibson was killed in action on 25 March 1918, aged 27, in Pas de Calais, most likely during am Allied fighting withdrawal from Cambrai to Bapaume. He was buried at the Warlencourt British Cemetery in France and is memorialised at the Glasgow Necropolis.


James Douglas Gibson
Born 1889.
Died 25 March 1918.
GU Degree: Science and Engineering, 1907-1909;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: military
WWI: View WWI Roll of Honour Entry
English snippet: Engineering student at the University of Glasgow 1907-1910
Record last updated: 29th May 2014

Country Associations

China China, Shantou
Place of Birth

France France, Pas de Calais
Place of Death

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  • Student