Robert Stuart Gibson

Biography of Robert Stuart Gibson

Robert Gibson
Robert Gibson

Major Robert Stuart Gibson was born in Glasgow, the elder son of George Alexander Gibson (1858-1930), the Professor of Mathematics at the University from 1909 to 1927. Gibson attended the High School of Glasgow and studied at the University, graduating BSc in 1913 and MB ChB in 1915. He was appointed an assistant physician and a resident surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and an assistant physician at Murray Royal Asylum in Perth.

He was awarded the Military Cross for his distinguished service in the field during the First World War, having been in charge of the Medical Division of the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh. The British Medical Journal citation from January 1918 reads;

Temporary Captain Robert Stuart Gibson, M.B., R.A.M.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an intense hostile bombardment. He crossed the ground where very heavy shells were continuously bursting, and remained in a battery position attending the wounded under heavy fire and at great risk to himself. He displayed magnificent fearlessness and devotion to duty.

Gibson became a general practitioner in Glasgow and then in Torridon, but re-enlisted after the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. He died in hospital on 26 September 1943, and he is commemorated on the memorial panels in Edinburgh (Warriston) Crematorium.


Robert Stuart Gibson
Born 9 February 1891, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 26 September 1943.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: BSc, 1913; MB ChB, 1915;
Father's Details: Alexander Gibson; Professor
War Service: Major, Royal Army Medical Corps
Grave / Memorial: Edinburgh (Warriston) Crematorium, Scotland
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Record last updated: 16th Apr 2013

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