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Francis Worton GIBBS

Regimental number873
Place of birthGlen Innes, New South Wales
SchoolSuperior Public schoo, Glen Innes, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm and station hand
AddressRiverwood, Wootomal via Tamworth, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 6"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Gibbs, Riverwood Wootomal via Tamworth, New South Wales
Previous military serviceMember of Junee Civilian Rifle Reserve for 2 years
Enlistment date4 March 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 22 August 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Stated to be Francis Morton Gibbs on NR
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death39.3
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 23), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
85
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hubert and Martha GIBBS. Native of Glen Innes, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Sydney, 25 June 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 16 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 21-25 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held at Tel-el-Kebir, 21 January 1916, pronounced fate as 'reasonable to presume dead, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GIBBS Francis Worton

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