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McKenzie Gibson

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Full length photograph of McKenzie Gibson in uniform. Image kindly provided by Marianne (April 2019). Image has no know copyright restrictions.

Full length photograph of McKenzie Gibson in uniform. Image kindly provided by Marianne (April 2019) …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    McKenzie AWMM
  • Surname
    Gibson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 6/635 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 7 August 1914 AWMM Sumner, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Noel Gibson (brother), Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 6/635 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 7 August 1914 AWMM CanterburyNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      5' 8" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      127 lb AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of the Reverend Mackenzie Gibson and Mary Coates Alice Gibson, of Hillbrow Cottage, Esher, Surrey, England.

    Attested on 13 August 1914 (Studholme 1928).

    Gained Second Lieutenant's commission on 1 March 1916 (Studholme 1928).

    Promoted to Lieutenant on 15 March 1917 (Studholme 1928).

    Adjutant of 3 (Reserve) Battalion (Studholme 1928).

    Attached to New Zealand Base, France (Studholme 1928).

    Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 12 April 1915.
    Promoted Sergeant, Gallipoli, 5 May 1915.

    Admitted to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 9 July 1915 (diarrhoea); transferred to Malta, 14 July 1915 (diarrhoea and rupture); to England, 21 August 1915; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 19 September 1915.

    Rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 7 December 1915.

    Disembarked Alexandria, 30 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation), 30 December 1915.

    Promoted Company Sergeant Major, 4 March 1916.
    Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 31 March 1916.

    Joined 1st NZ Training Bn as Temporary Adjutant, Moascar, 9 April 1916, with rank of Lieutenant.
    Embarked Alexandria, 29 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 9 June 1916.

    Marched out to Sling Camp, 22 August 1916.
    Proceeded overseas to France, 21 February 1917; marched in to Base Depot, Etaples, 26 February 1917.

    Appointed Adjutant, NZ Base Depot, Etaples, 27 February 1917.

    Promoted Lieutenant, 15 March 1917.
    Relinquished appointment as Adjutant, 21 July 1917.
    Joined 1st Bn, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, in the field, 10 August 1917, and posted to B Company.
    Killed in action, 12 October 1917.

    Commemorated on memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand, Wellington. Text reads: 'In Memoriam: The names inscribed upon this tablet are those of officers of the Bank of New Zealand who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919 waged against the nations of central Europe - Germany, Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria - who sought by force of arms to obtain world-wide dominion. In honour of their patriotism and valour. In admiration of their sacrifice. And in grateful perpetuation of their glorious and ennobling memory this monument is reverently dedicated. Their Name Liveth for Evermore.'

    Bank of New Zealand Staff Member.

    Parents: the Rev. Mackenzie Gibson and Mary Coates Alice Gibson, Hillbrow Cottage, Esher, Surrey, England AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    12 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 27 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Lieutenant Mackenzie Gibson, reported killed in action in France, was the younger son of the Reverend Mackenzie Gibson, and was born at Akaroa. He was educated at Waimate and at Christ's College, afterwards joining the staff of the Bank of New Zealand. He enlisted at Greymouth on August 7, 1914, as a private, and left with the main body. His first fighting was in the engagements on the Suez Canal. He took part in the landing at Gallipoli, and in the storming of Achi Baba. After three months continuous fighting on the peninsula he was invalided to England, but returned to Gallipoli, and, as sergeant-major, was in charge of a small band of men on the night of the evacuation. On returning to Egypt he received his commission. He was a keen soldier, and during the last six months had made repeated application to be sent forward. On August 8 he was allowed to go forward to the firing-line, where he saw two months further fighting before his promising career was cut short. (Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21) AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Memorial plaque, Bank of New Zealand (Officers of the BNZ who laid down their lives in the Great War AD 1914-1919), BNZ Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Pool of Reflections, National ANZAC Centre, Albany Heritage Park, Western Australia Public - Paul - Researcher - 18 April 2022 - Paul Hickford, "They Marched to War", 2019, p.121.

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Sources

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  • References
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 261 AWMM
    • Studholme, J. (1928). New Zealand Expeditionary Force record of personal services during the war of officers, nurses, and first-class warrant officers, and other facts relating to the N.Z.E.F. : unofficial but based on official records. Wellington, N.Z.: Government Printer. AWMM
      Studholme, J. (1928). p. 126. AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      Obituary: Auckland Weekly News, 15 November 1917, p. 21. AWMM
    • NZEF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 5: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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15 August 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
18 April 2022PaulAuckland, New ZealandResearcher
13 May 2019MarianneWellingtonOther

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