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RAMC profile of:
Howard Graeme GIBSON M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.

Place or Date
of Birth:
Kidbrook, Kent on 20th May 1883

Service Number:

TF Number:

Rank: Major


Attached To: 12th Lancers

Enlistment Location:

Also Served: See below

Outcome: Died

Date Died: 12/02/1919
Age Died: 35

Where Buried and/or Commemorated: France - Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme

Awards: MiD

Gazette Reference: 10/07/1919

Other Information:

Howard was educated at Felsted School and at Guy’s Hospital - entering in January 1902, he took the diplomas of M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. (Lond.) in January 1907. He joined the R.A.M.C. as a lieutenant on 28th January 1907, then served in Malta from 1908-1912, during which time he was promoted to Captain on 28th July 1910. Howard was serving in the Eastern Command when war was declared - he had formed one of the “Specialist Class” in bacteriology at the promotion course at the Royal Army Medical College. He became attached to the 12th Royal Lancers as their medical officer, and with them proceeded to France, disembarking on the 17th August 1914. Howard was reported was being wounded on 14th November 1914, having been injured by a shell-burst and was sent home to England. He recovered but was deemed unfit for service abroad, he therefore resumed his work at the Army Medical College - being posted to the Vaccination Department, he devoted himself to researching protection against bacillary dysentery. In November 1917, he was passed “fit” for service in France and returned to the Western Front, joining Sir William Leishman as assistant advisor in pathology at headquarters. On 1st January 1918 he was promoted to Brevet Major, then on the 28th January 1919 he gained promotion to Major. During this time, in April 1918, Colonel S L Cummins took over from Sir William Leishman, and when the autumn epidemic of influenza came, Col Cummins placed Howard as the senior officer of a team to research the disease. Just at the point when they reached success, Howard developed the disease in its severest form and died of pneumonia at No 2 Stationary Hospital, Abberville. Howard was the son of Arthur Stanley and Mary Gibson; and the husband of E B Gibson.

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