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Frederick Harold TUBB

Date of birth28 November 1881
Place of birthLongwood, Victoria
SchoolLongwood State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrazier
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 6"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinFather, H Tubb, St Helena, Longwood East, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 14.3 years including 1.9 years commissioned service, 58th infantry (Essendon Rifles), Citizen Military Forces; Victoria Rifle Brigade, later with Light Horse Brigade.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant Transport Officer
Unit name7th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 September 1917
Place of death or woundingMenin Road, Ypres Belgium
Age at death35.10
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XIX, Row C, Grave No. 5), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
52
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Emma L. TUBB, St. Helena, Longwood East, Victoria. Native of Longwood, Victoria
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula, on 9th August, 1915. In the early morning the enemy made a determined counter attack on the centre of the newly captured trrench held by Lieutenant Tubb. They advanced up a sap and blew in a sandbag barricade, leaving only one foot of it standing; but Lieutenant Tubb led his men back, repulsed the enemy, and rebuilt the baricade. Supported by strong bombing parties, the enemy succeeded in twice again blowing in the barricade; but on each occasion Lieutenant Tubb, athough wounded in the head and arm, held his ground with the grreatest coolness and rebuilt it, and finally succeeded in maintaining his position underr very heavy bomb fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 611 Sapper Alfred Charles TUBB, Anzac Signal Squadron, returned to Australia, 16 August 1916; Lt Arthur Oswald TUBB, 60th Bn, returned to Australia, 19 October 1918; [8] 2nd Lt Frank Reid TUBB MC, 7th Bn, returned to Australia, 6 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 10 July 1915.

Promoted Captain, 6 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 9 August 1915 (bomb wound, elbow and scalp), and admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to HS 'Gascon'. 11 August 1915; to Malta and admitted to Blue Sisters Hospital, 16 August 1915; to HS 'Garth Castle', and transferred to England.

Awarded Victoria Cross, 22 October 1915.

Placed on Supernumerary List, 26 January 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Baltic', 4 March 1916.

Re-embarked Melbourne, 2 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 December 1916; rejoined 7th Bn, 10 December 1916.

To 4th Army School, 10 February 1917. Promoted Major, 17 February 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Auxiliary Hospital while on short leave, 21 June 1917; discharged to France, 6 August 1917; rejoined Bn, 7 August 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 20 September 1917 (gun shot wound, back, penetrating abdomen), and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance; admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 20 September 1917; died of wounds (dead on admission).

Other sources give a different version: hit by a sniper while leading his troops in the attack, his stretcher was then struck by shell-fire and he died at the Dressing Station.

Medals: Victoria Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, TUBB Frederick Harold