Reginald C Gibson enlisted into the Royal Armoured Corps on 1 March 1936. He transferred to the 11th SAS Battalion in 1941, which reformed into the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment in September 1941.
He attended Advanced Parachute Training Course Number 1 at RAF Ringway between 4 and 11 January 1942. The Course consisted of advanced training in aircraft drill, section and platoon descents with arms containers, training in tactical ground exercises after landing and night descents. Private Gibson made one descent from a balloon at night and two from aircraft with arms containers.
In November 1942 the 1st Battalion sailed to North Africa for Operation Torch to link up with the 1st Army. Private Gibson was posted to HQ Company, as the Company Commander Major Ince’s operational batman.
Sergeant Gibson was transferred to the reserves on 13 March 1946, and was demobbed in January 1948.