GIBSON, George MacDonald

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Service: 
Army
Number: 
2992911
Honours & Awards: 
Private George Gibson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Burma [1][2].
Recommendation
Arakan
On 23 Mar 44 during 5 Commando's attack on Spur 383348 the Sub. Sec., of which Pte Gibson was a member, was caught in the valley by enfilade fire from a MMG in a position on the hillside.
Pte Gibson immediately volunteered to wipe out the post. He climbed the hill and was about to open fire when he was attacked from the rear by two of the enemy. These he killed with his colt. He then emptied a bren magazine into the MMG crew at a range of 30 yards. The gun was silenced.
Shortly afterwards an enemy patrol of seven men passed within five yds of him. He again opened fire with his bren. None escaped.
By this time Gibson had lost contact and run out of amm. In trying to make his way back he was surrounded by a party of the enemy who closed in on him. He escaped by throwing himself down a gully where he lay until dawn. He rejoined his unit after first light" [2].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 36574, page 2963.
[2] National Archives file WO373/32/117.
 

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