|Gibb||John Hassard Stewart||Major||GIBB, JOHN HASSARD STEWART, Major, was born 13 February 1859, son of Alexander James Gibb, and of Marguerite Vance Balbirnie-Vans. He was educated on the Continent, and at Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the 29th Regiment 13 August 1879; promoted into the 36th Regiment in 1880. He served in the Nile Expedition, 1884 to 1885, and received the Medal with clasp and Khedive's Star, taking part in the operations with the Sudan Frontier Field Force, 1885 to 1886, taking part in the action at Giniss; received the 4th Class Osmanieh; was promoted Captain, Worcestershire Regiment, 1 September 1886. He served in Uganda, under Sir Gerald Portal, in the Unyoro Campaign, 1894; was appointed in command of the Expedition to Mruli; received 3rd Class Brilliant Star of Zanzibar. He was promoted Major, 1896. He again saw active service in South Africa, from 1900 to 1902, taking part during the operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; in the operations in Orange River Colony, May to November 1900; during the operations in Orange River Colony, 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Hassard Stewart Gibb, Major, Worcestershire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were sent to Lord Roberts 18 January 1902, and presented by Major General E O F Hamilton at Heilbron 12 March, 1902. He was promoted Lieutenant Colonel 2 March 1903, and received the Brevet of Colonel, 1906, and retired 2 March, 1907. He was awarded the Medal of the Royal Humane Society, 1884. He served during the European War, 1914 to 1916, in France; was appointed Commandant, Base Depot, 25th Division, September 1915. Colonel Gibb married, in 1887, Annie Isabella (who died in 1892), eldest daughter of Major George N Saunders, Bengal Staff Corps; they had one daughter.|
DSO, Egypt The Nile 1884-5 (Lt Worcester Regt), Central Africa (0) (Capt Worc Regt), QSA (3) CC OFS Trans (Maj DSO Worc Regt), KSA (2) (Maj DSO Worc Regt), 1914-15 Star, Bt-Col DSO), BWM, Victory Medal (Bt-Col), Order of Osmaneh (Turkey) 4th Class, Khedives Star, Order of the brilliant Star (Zanzibar) (class unknown), Royal Humane Society Medal (Capt 1884). Regimental Museum 1993.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)