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Brigadier T.G. Gibson, CBE, DSO, CD, 1956-58  Biography 

Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp 1959-61



GIBSON, Thomas Graeme, Brigadier, DSO - Commander, Order of the British Empire - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 15 June 1946 and CARO/6632 dated 17 June 1946.

Brigadier Gibson commenced his army career in 1925 in the ranks of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and later was appointed as a Lieutenant in that unit. In 1931 he resigned his commission in the Non-Permanent Active Militia on appointment to the Permanent Force. He joined the Royal Canadian Regiment and on the outbreak of hostilities in 1939 held the rank of Captain. He proceeded overseas as Liaison Officer on the Headquarters staff of 2 Canadian Infantry Division in August 1940. After holding several important staff appointments he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed to command the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in January 1942. In April 1943 he was promoted to his present rank and successively commanded three infantry brigades. During the opertions which led to the captur of Rimini during the Italian campaign, he led his brigade with great skill, was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Brigadier Gibson later served in the Northwest European theatre and on the cessation of hostilities commanded a composite brigade in the Canadian Army of Occupaton. Brigadier Gibson has consistently displayed the utmost devotion to duty and he is considered deserving of high rcognition.



GIBSON, Thomas Graeme, Brigadier - Mention In Despatches - awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 6 January 1945 and CARO/5255 dated 10 January 1945.

GIBSON, Thomas Graeme, Brigadier - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per Canada Gazette and CARO/5625, both dated 28 April 1945.

During the period 24 August to 22 September 1944, 1 Canadian Division was involved in constant offensive action with the enemy culminating finally in the capture of Rimini. Throughout these operations 2 Canadian Infantry Brigade commanded by Brigadier Gibson took a prominent and successful part. A battalion of this brigade was the first unit in the division to cross through the heavily mined and wired defences of the Gothic Line, to capture a vital bridgehead through which the remainder of the division and its armour passed. Finally a unit of this brigade by a brilliantly executed night attack, burst through the enemy defences on the commanding and rugged Fortunato Ridge which turned the tide of the battle in our favour. Throughout these operations, Brigadier Gibson led his brigade in a skilful manner, inspiring confidence in all ranks of his command, often under enemy fire which he disregarded without thought for his own personal safety.