748175 Gilbert Fairbairn, DCM, MM

Date of Birth: 05 November 1883

Place of Birth: Haywick, Scotland

Residence: Lennoxville, Quebec

Nok: Thomas Fairbairn, Lennoxville, Quebec (Father)

Trade: Printer

Attestation date: 13 December 1915

Previous military service: none

Unit: 14th Bn CEF

Status: Killed in action - 01 October 1918

Cemetery: Sancourt British Cemetery France

Details of Service: Gilbert Fairbairn arrived in England on 24 August 1916, with the 117th Battalion. Three days later he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. On 06 January 1917, Sgt Fairbairn was transferred to the 23rd Reserve battalion and commenced garrison duties at Shoreham until the end of April.

On 25 April 1917, Sgt Fairbairn, at his own request, reverted to the rank of Private for the purpose of proceeding to France. He was subsequently transferred to the 14th Battalion. He proceeded to France on the 26 April but did not join the 14th Battalion until 13 May. On 07 June he was admitted to a field hospital suffering from a pyrexia of unknown origin.

Private Fairbairn was appointed Lance Corporal on 21 July 1917, and promoted to Corporal on 04 August 1917. On 17 August, he was wounded suffering gun shot wounds to the right shoulder and was evacuated to Etaples and further on to No. 12 Hospital in Rouen. He was discharged on 05 September and rejoined the 14th Battalion on 03 October.

On 21 November 1917, Corporal Fairbairn was appointed to Lance Sergeant and promoted to Sergeant on 21 December 1917. During the remainder of 1917 and the first eight months of 1918 Sgt Fairbairn remained in the field with the 14th Battalion. On 14 August 1918, he was appointed Acting Company Sergeant Major.

CSM Fairbairn was killed in action on 01 October 1918 during the battle of Cambrai.

He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal.

At the time of attestation Gilbert Fairbairn was single and living in Lennoxville Quebec with his father Thomas Fairbairn. Sometime after Gilbert sailed for England Thomas followed and returned to Haywick Scotland. Gilbert's medals, death placque and scroll were sent to Thomas Fairbairn, in 1921, c/o Jas. Barrie, Esq. Solicitor, Bank of Scotland Chambers, 3 Oliver Place, Haywick, Scotland.