Francis William Gibson was the son of Ernest and Mary Gibson of Whissendine and was born on the 27 December 1898. He was one of two Gibson men to die from Whissendine but it is not thought they were closely related. Francis enlisted in the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 12 November 1915, and afterwards transferred to the Highland Light Infantry. He served on the Somme in France during 1916. He was drowned at Holyhead on 4 January the following year, but no more details about how he came to be at Holyhead or what happened to him are known. He is buried in the middle of Maeshyfryd Church Cemetery, Holyhead, with his grave marked by a black slate Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, and is remembered on Whissendine's war memorial.
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