GIBBON, John Douglas

Border Regiment
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Captain John Gibbon was attached to 46RM Commando 'B' troop . He was awarded the MC for "gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe."
On the night of 23rd March 1945 during the assault across the Rhine near Wesel, Captain Gibbon commanded the leading troop of his Commando in the first wave of LVTs (landing vehicles tracked - Buffaloes). Immediately before touching down, one of his LVTs was hit and burst into flames, thus reducing his strength by a quarter. Captain Gibbon however, led his troop inland at such a pace and with such determination that the enemy on the river bank were unable to check his advance. His objective was a farmhouse 500 yards inland (known as “the first Wardtmann’s Haus”), and he pressed his advance so relentlessly behind the barrage put down by our guns that his own Sergeant Major and another soldier fell by his side, casualties to our own shellfire. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his safety he led his men on to his objective where he killed three officers and took sixty prisoners. The capture of the vital first objective was entirely due to the dash and dauntless devotion to duty displayed by this officer.
(London Gazettes Supp. 37172, page 3592. and National Archives WO 373/54/787.)
Promoted Major on the 30th January 1949, he was appointed MBE on the 1st January 1959. (Sources: London Gazettes Supp. 38526, page 566, and Supp. 41589, page 7.)

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