Hero dropped rank so he could join the fight with com­rades

Rutherglen Reformer - - 100 Year Since Armistice Day - Marc McLean

A Ruther­glen army sergeant gave up his top role so he could fight for his coun­try on the front line.

Sgt An­drew Gib­son was a skilled phys­i­cal in­struc­tor and was kept, against his will, train­ing sol­diers in Eng­land be­tween 1916 and 1918.

Frus­trated he couldn’t join his fel­low troops in bat­tling the Ger­mans, the fa­ther-ofone re­verted from Sergeant to in­fantry­man so he could be posted to France.

In Au­gust 1918, his wife re­ceived the sad news that An­drew had been killed in ac­tion.

The soldier had spent most of his life in Ruther­glen and worked in the town as a glazier be­fore em­i­grat­ing to Canada with his fam­ily.

An­drew was fight­ing with the Cana­dian Scot­tish Reg­i­ment when he was fa­tally wounded.

On Septem­ber 26, 1918, the Re­former re­pub­lished an ar­ti­cle that ap­peared in On­tar­ian news­pa­per, the Hamil­ton Her­ald.

It read: “Sergeant An­drew Gib­son, 25 West Pic­ton Street, died for his coun­try dur­ing the great of­fen­sive.

“He was killed while serv­ing with the 15th Cana­dian Scot­tish, hav­ing re­verted from Sergeant five months ago in or­der to get to France.

“The sad news was re­ceived by his wife, Mrs An­drew Gib­son, on Au­gust 20.

“Sergeant Gib­son en­listed with the 92nd Bat­tal­ion, Gor­dons, three years ago, and went to Eng­land two years ago last May.

“When in train­ing his abil­ity as a phys­i­cal in­struc­tor was recog­nised, and greatly against his will, he was kept for a long time in Eng­land on the train­ing staff.

“He was from Scot­land; came to Canada some years ago and set­tled in this city.

“Be­fore the war he served three years with the 91st High­landers. He was born in Blair­gowrie, Perthshire, and leaves a wife and small daugh­ter, as well as his par­ents John and Mrs Gib­son, and a sis­ter, Miss Har­riet, all of 25 West Pic­ton Street.

“Although born in Blair­gowrie, Mr Gib­son spent al­most all his life in Ruther­glen be­fore em­i­grat­ing to Canada.

“He resided at 10 Green­bank Street, Ruther­glen, with his par­ents, and as a young lad took great in­ter­est in the Boy Scout move­ment, form­ing a troop of his own.

“Sergeant Gib­son was a glazier to trade, hav­ing served his ap­pren­tice­ship with Mr G Kirk, King Street, Ruther­glen.

“Sergeant Gib­son and his par­ents and sis­ter were well known in the Green­bank Street district of Ruther­glen, his fa­ther be­ing em­ployed at Messrs J and J White’s, Shaw­field Chem­i­cal Works, be­fore leav­ing for Canada.”

Hero Sgt An­drew Gib­son

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