Sergeant Samuel Gibson


Samuel Gibson enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 9 or 10 October 1914 (No.1299 – later Corps of Hussars No. H/71325).

Gibson was one of about two dozen North Irish Horsemen who embarked for Egypt in July 1915, attached to headquarters of the 54th (East Anglian) Division as Military Mounted Police. This division was diverted to Gallipoli, where it landed at Suvla Bay on 10 and 11 August. By the end of the year the campaign at Gallipoli was abandoned, the men of the North Irish Horse leaving in December. Arriving at Egypt a number, including Gibson, remained there for the duration of the war, serving in various elements of the Egypt and Palestine campaign.

At the end of June 1918 Gibson formally transferred to the Military Mounted Police (No. P/14887) – with effect from 30 August 1917.

He was mentioned in General Allenby's despatch of 3 April 1918, which recognised "distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty".

Gibson was transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 28 February 1919.