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John GELLIBRAND

Date of birth5 December 1872
Place of birthTAS
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationOrchardist
Address'Greenhill', East Risdon, Tasmania
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation42
Next of kinWife, Mrs J Gellibrand, 'Greenhill', East Risdon, Tasmania
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentMAJ (D.A.Q.M.G.)
Unit nameHead Quarters 1st Australian Division
AWM Embarkation Roll number1/42/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Date of embarkation incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as 22 October 1914.
Rank from Nominal RollMajor-General
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Infantry Brigade
Promotions

COL (Temporary MAJGEN)


Unit: 3rd Division
Promotion date: 1 March 1916


Promotion date: 1 June 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Order of the Crown of Italy


Recommendation date: 5 February 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', 4th Supplement, No 29664 (11 July 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 176 (30 November 1916).
Recommendation date: 10 October 1916

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Second Supplement No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 57 (18 April 1918).
Recommendation date: 8 March 1917

Companion of the Order of the Bath


Recommendation date: 8 May 1917

Bar to the Distinguished Service Order


Recommendation date: "Unspecified"

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath


Refers August-September 1918.
Recommendation date: August 1914-August 1915

Unspecified


Mention in Despatches awarded and promulgated, 'London Gazette, Supplement No. 29569 (5 May 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129 (21 September 1916).
Recommendation date: August-December 1915

Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 6 May 1919
Medals

DSO and Bar

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. His brigade reached its third objective, but was ordered back owing to the division on the right being held up at the first objective. His brigade repelled several counter attacks and held on when the brigade on the right was in difficulties. It was largely owing to his influence and presence in this advanced position that the operations were successful.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Legion D'Honneur : Croix D'Officer (France)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 191
Date: 12 December 1918

Croix de Guerre (France)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

The American Distinguished Service Medal


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 119
Date: 17 October 1919

KCB


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 113
Date: 6 October 1919

CB


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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