GIBSON, Neil

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
RM21776 & P021776Y
Marine Neil Gibson was awarded the Military Medal for courage and distinguished service in Northern Ireland during the period 1st August 1973 - 31st October 1973 [1].​
 
Mentioned in Despatches 1967 Aden [2].
Recommendation
Between July and November 1967 RM 21776 Marine Neil Gibson, whilst serving as a sniper in .... Company, 45 Commando RM, showed courage under fire and a singleness of purpose beyond the normal call of duty. He frequently volunteered for additional long spells in observation posts which, in the nature of things were always exposed to enemy action. 
On 3rd November 1967 he was a member of a three man observation post in Ma' Alla Bandar which came under fire from terrorists in a nearby building. Marine Gibson immediately took command and controlled the fire from the observation post, whilst at the same time he opened fire himself killing at least one terrorist. His coolness under fire, his prompt and accurate shooting, and his firm assumption of control in a difficult situation not only dealt with the terrorists leading to the capture of a weapon, but was also directly instrumental in ending further terrorist attacks in the Ma' Alla Bander area, which remained quiet until the withdrawal. [3]
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp. 46240, page 3533.
[2] London Gazette Supp. 44558, page 3863.
[3] National Archives file WO373/138/71.
 
Notes
RM service numbers changed in 1973 with the prefix RM being replaced by P0.
 

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