Beny-Sur-Mer Cemetery

Gibson, John Cecil

B/63615 Corporal John Cecil Gibson was born on 8 April 1913 in Lindsay, Ontario, the son of Willard Peter Gibson and Annie Mary Crane.

At age 14 he left school after completing elementary school and had been working for 10 years as a butcher at Brown Bros. Ltd. when he enlisted.

He married Mildred E. Busby on 12 May 1937 in Toronto, Ontario and they had one son Gerald John Gibson.

Gibson enlisted with The Queen’s Own Rifles on 11 June 1940, served in Newfoundland, training at Camp Borden, and arrived in Gourlock, Scotland with the Regiment on 19 August 1941. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 16 January 1943, and as Corporal on 19 August 1943.  He seems to have had a rough time with army life in 1940 and 1941 with numerous charges of being absent without leave or showing up on parade with a dirty rifle or shoes however he seems to have grown into it.

In October 1943 Gibson completed a correspondence course called Intro to Mathematics at Battersea Polytechnic with first-class honours. He fractured his ankle getting into a truck in December 1943.

Corporal Gibson landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action, aged 31. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. C. 7.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"

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