John Walls Gibson1,2

(21 April 1917 - 2 November 1942)
FatherAndrew Gibson3 (Apr 1884 - Jan 1960)
MotherJessie McGlashan3 (cir. 1885 - Jul 1962)
Relationship2nd cousin 1 time removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     John Walls Gibson was born on 21 Apr 1917 58 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh, MLN, SCT, cert. reads: John Walls Gibson, s/o Andrew, engineering draughtsman of Stoneyrig, Kirknewton, Midlothian (now West Lothian) and Jessie m.s. McGlashan who married 23 Aug 1913.4,2 He and Margaret McCaskill were engaged cir. 1941 Leeds, YKS, ENG.5
     John Walls Gibson died on 2 Nov 1942 in the Western Desert, EGY, at age 25; Killed in action, 25, MB, Lt (W.S./Capt) Royal Army Medical Corps, born SCT;
Obit in the British Medical Journal for 5 Dec 1942 records: War Subs. Capt. John Walls Gibson, R.A.M.C., was killed in action in the Middle East in November. He was born on April 21, 1917, the only son of Mr & Mrs Andrew Gibson of Uphall, Broxburn, West Lothian, and was educated at he University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.B., Ch. B. in 1939. After working as an assistant to a Leeds firm of doctors he entered the R.A.M.C. as temp. lieut. He was a member of the B.M.A.2,6,7 He was buried El Alamein War Cem., EGY.3
     Well, what a surprise that email was!
John was thought to have died, unmarried, in WWII, with the assumption that entailed no children.
However, an "out of the blue" email from his grandson Alan has changed my view of John's history somewhat.
Alan had only just that day finally identified his mother's father, and found my web pages as a result.
Welcome to the WIGHT/GIBSON clan Alan.8


     John Walls Gibson was in military service bef. 1942 Captain Royal Army Medical Corps, secondary reg. Durham Light Infantry, attd 6th Bn, service no. 161597.3


Margaret McCaskill (May 1916 - )
  • Margaret Anne Gibson9
ChartsWilliam RICHARDSON of Pringlestead, Eckford
RUNCIMAN of Earlston/Wanton Walls
Last Edited15 Mar 2016


  1. Grave ref XXIII F 17.
  2. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 1942 John Walls GIBSON, transcr. Robert McC, Apr 2004.
  3. C'Wealth War Graves online at, GIBSON 1942, searched Apr 2004.
  4. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Birth 1917 John Walls GIBSON, transcr. Robert McC Jul 2005.
  5. Alan Doherty, "EM WIGHT/GIBSON ex Alan D," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Engagement c 1941 (Leeds) John Walls GIBSON & Margaret McCASKILL (from Kilmartin, Argyllshire), rcvd Feb 2010.
  6. Www WIGHT searches & misc. correspondence Obit Dec 1942 Capt. John Walls GIBSON, R.A.M.C., from the British Medical Journal, 5 Dec 1942 Pg 680, online at… (courtesy of Alan D), Feb 2010.
  7. online at, Dth 2 Nov 1942 Capt. John W GIBSON, born Edin. resid. West Lothian, Royal Army Medical Corps, from UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945, extracted Feb 2010.
  8. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Added Feb 2010.
  9. Alan Doherty, "EM WIGHT/GIBSON ex Alan D," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 25 Nov 1941 Margaret Anne d/o John GIBSON & Margaret McCASKILL, Leeds, West Yorkshire (WRY), ENG, extracted from GenesReunited tree, Feb 2010.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.