Sergeant Samuel Gibson

 

The family background of this North Irish Horseman is not presently known.

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

In the first half of 1915 he embarked for England with F Squadron, where they awaited orders for France. On 12 July, however, Gibson was one of about two dozen men of the squadron who volunteered for service as Military Mounted Police with the 54th (East Anglian) Division, which was under orders to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. They sailed from Devonport on HMT Manitou on 29 July 1915, joining the landing at Suvla Bay between 10 and 16 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.