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Direct from the family.
David Anthony Gibbons was born in Dunston on 11th October 1950. He enlisted on 26th September 1968 joining the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. He transferred to the 2nd Royal Anglian in 1971.
On his second tour of Northern Ireland in Ulster, while serving as an Anti-tank Specialist, Gibbons received a Shrapnel wound to his face and eye. This information was provided by his son. Unfortunately, his left eye had to be removed, and he wore a prosthesis for the rest of his life. His son told me that he had a party trick in later life. While in the pub, he would remove his eye and drop it in his pint, he would then loudly ask someone to keep an eye on his drink while he went to the toilet.
After his injury, he became a Storeman, but he was medically discharged on the 25th of April 1974.
Gibbson served in Germany and did two tours of Northern Ireland. He sadly passed away after an accident at home in 2015.
The group includes his Certificate of Service; Certificate of Qualification; Birth Certificate; Hospital admission sheet relating to his eye injury (2012) a Veterans Badge.
The medal is a later issue and is laser engraved. It is not marked 'R'; Replc or replacement. It seems for some reason Gibbons' was not issued with the medal at the time.