GIBBON, John Douglas

46RM Commando
Border Regiment
Captain John Gibbon was attached to 46RM Commando 'B' troop . He was awarded the Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe [1]. 
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 [1a].
  • 30 January 1949 promoted Major [2].
  • 1 January 1959 appointed M.B.E. (Military Division) [3].
[1] London Gazette 37172, page 3592. 
[1a] National Archives file WO373/54/787.
[2] London Gazette 38526, page 566.
[3] London Gazette 41589, page 7.

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