THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
GIBBS David John
4/1, Major, 3rd Field Company, New Zealand Engineers

CITATION
Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 1 January 1918, p29
For exceptionally good service during the period under consideration - 26th February 1917 to 20th September 1917, which included the long and trying preparations for the battle of Messines and also during a period of two years active service  in Gallipoli and France.  He has never spared himself and has always gained the confidence of the Brigade and Battalion Commanders with whom he has been associated.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 4 January 1917, p261
Has commanded a Field Company from September to November 1915, in Gallipoli and from April to September in France, including operations on the Somme.  He has shown marked energy and ability in all his duties and has always set an example of coolness under fire.

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 28 November 1917, p13575
Mentioned in Field Marshall D. Haig's despatch of 7 November 1917 for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty during the period February 26th to midnight September 20th/21st 1917.

AWARDS
Distinguished Service Order
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
       Mention in Despatches (2)
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Decoration
Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Medal
New Zealand Long and Efficient Service Medal
New Zealand Volunteer Service Medal

NOTES
Born 1 May 1883, Wellington, New Zealand
Died 28 July 1946, Wellington, New Zealand