|Blair Democrat, April 22, 1915|
NEPHEW KILLED IN ACTION
W.J. Rodgers of the Blair Floral Co. this week received a copy of The Standard of April 3rd, published at Kilmarnook, Scotland, which contained the news of the death of an 18-year-old son of Mrs. William Gibson, who is a sister of John J. and W.J. Rodgers, of this city. This is the first word that has reached Mr. Rodgers from his relatives since the war opened, although he has repeatedly written to his sister.
The lad was a member of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and died on March 13th while on board an ambulance train at Boulogne, as a result of wounds sustained in action at Neuve Chappelle. The article states “that Private Gibson was with Lieutenant Swinton all through Neuve Chappelle until the 12th ult., when they were ordered to take a house. They advanced but were stopped by machine gun fire. Digging themselves in, they stayed under the cover they had made for two hours. At last the fire died down and another attempt was made to take the house. The Germans immediately opened fire on them again, and only about twelve men followed the lieutenant, amongst them being Private Gibson, but he was hit on the chest the moment he got up.”
~~~Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska ~~~