Roll of Honour


Robert Gibson

Mentioned in Despatches


Robert Gibson, born on 30th November 1886 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, was the eldest son of Mr. James Gibson, Headmaster of Woodside Higher Grade School, and Grace Gibson (nee Gott), and nephew of Professor Gibson of the University. He was educated at the High School of Glasgow, and in his final year there was a prominent member of one of the most brilliant classes the High School has ever known, the members of which almost without exception, have attained distinction in Literature, Science, Medicine, or the public services.

Image of Robert Gibson

Three members of the class obtained successively the Snell Exhibition at Balliol College, Oxford, Lieutenant Gibson being the first of the three, after winning the highest honours at the University of Glasgow where he studied for an MA between 1904 and 1908. He won prizes in Organic Chemistry and in Civil (or Roman) Law.

Taking a First Class in Moderations and Greats in 1910 at Balliol, he was elected a Fellow and Tutor in his own college (see his entry in the Balliol College War Memorial Book on Flickr). A cadet at school, a member of the OTC at Glasgow University, he passed all his military examinations, and when he offered his services to the War Office in the present crisis.

Robert Gibson was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) on the 15th August 1914, then promoted to Lieutenant in November 1914, Captain in March 1915, and Mentioned in Despatches. He was killed in an attack on Hill 60 on 5th May 1915 and is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium.

Comments and Citations

Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

Balliol College War Mem